A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.— Melinda Gates
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Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world.
All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones.
We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us.
A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.
You are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.
Deep human connection is ... the purpose and the result of a meaningful life - and it will inspire the most amazing acts of love, generosity, and humanity.
What great changes have not been ambitious?
We started our foundation because we believe we have a real opportunity to help advance equity around the world, to help make sure that, no matter where a person is born, he or she has the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio.
It is still just unbelievable to us that diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child deaths in the world.
If you invest in a girl or a woman, you are investing in everybody else.
You can't save kids just with vaccines.
Sanitation issues in the developing world affect women more than they affect men.
If you don't invest in the woman, empower her, give her the things she needs to lift her family up, you're just not going to make the progress that you want to make. But if you put her at the centre, you can change a lot for that family, and it has ripple effects through the economy.
When I look at 225 million women who want contraceptives, and then I look at the 52 million unintended pregnancies that could be avoided by addressing this unmet need, where can we have the biggest impact with our voice, our dollars, our partners? It's on contraceptives. I would rather address the problem upstream.
I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere.
Take time to learn about the lives of women around the world-and try to play a small part in their fight to create the future they deserve.
Like in Africa, if somebody doesn't have fuel, they're still going and collecting firewood. If they get an oven, that's a huge difference. You can do things to reduce the inequities by making sure that they can get clean energy, safe energy. To make sure they're not having to collect water every day. That's huge for women in the developing world.
In places like India with smartphones, there's an app now for women if they're in a violent situation, they can press one button. They've given their cell-phone number to five trusted friends, and right away their GPS location goes out: "Here I am."
If you don't have an effective teacher in front of the classroom, you won't change the trajectory for students.
Bill and I both firmly believe that even the most difficult global health problems can be solved.
Human-centered design. Meeting people where they are and really taking their needs and feedback into account. When you let people participate in the design process, you find that they often have ingenious ideas about what would really help them. And it’s not a onetime thing; it’s an iterative process.
Everyone agrees that the failure of our high schools is tragic.
It's bad business, and it's bad policy. But we act as if it can't be helped. It can be helped. We designed these high schools; we can redesign them.
The biggest killers of children around the world are two things: diarrhea and pneumonia. When you think about it, in the United States, kids don't die of diarrhea anymore, but it's a huge problem in the developing world.
Kids are falling through the cracks and nobody notices it.
That to me is what's wrong with the school system.
Any social or cultural change has to be made openly and with people agreeing.
You don't get there by just pushing an outsider's point of view.
All of a sudden people in the United States start to realize that vaccines make a difference. The controversy and the myth that's there, we're always trying to bust through that. So when I see a disease outbreak, I say to myself, "OK, that'll get people realizing how lucky we are to have vaccines."
Vaccines are a miracle cure. Eight out of 10 children are getting vaccines.
The biggest pieces of work that we do are vaccines, because those save lives, and also family planning. Because if a woman can space the births of her children, it changes everything for her health and her child's health.
We set out what's going to be our work time versus our foundation time versus family time, and we'll reassess that... sometimes every week.
I am inspired by the women I meet everywhere I go.
They have to work so hard just to make sure their families survive, but somehow they stay optimistic and do everything in their power to make the future better than the past.
Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh.
Contraceptives unlock one of the most dormant, but potentially powerful assets in development: women as decision-makers. When women have the power to make choices about their families, they tend to decide precisely what demographers, economists, and development experts recommend. They invest in the long-term human capital of their families.
Even in decision-making, we work in self-help groups.
That is women coming together in small groups of 10 to sometimes 15 women, where they start to get education about their rights, about clean water and sanitation, about how to have a healthy birth. You can bring in all kinds of education to them that way.
If you can't travel to the developing world, look at helping to fund a woman with a small loan and follow her. Learn her story. Learn about the difference that you're making.
Helping people doesn't have to be an unsound financial strategy.
The premise of this foundation is one life on this planet is no more valuable than the next.
I felt suicidal. I couldn't stop crying. I remember thinking, wouldn't it be great if the car crashed and I died?
My undergraduate work was in computer science and economics.
It just happened to be at that time when 34 percent of computer-science majors were women. We didn't realize it was at the peak at the time.
Childbearing, I mean, if there's no place to go to deliver your baby, then you're the one that's delivering in those unhealthy circumstances. Or if you can't get access to family planning, your chances of surviving and being able to bring your kids up if they come one right after the other, that locks you into a cycle of poverty.
Birth control has almost completely and totally disappeared from the global health agenda, and the victims of this paralysis are the people of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
In the United States, there's definitely some controversy about birth control in general, and I think we needed to split the debate and have people realize that we actually agree as a country about contraceptives. Over 93 percent of American women say they use contraceptives, and they feel very good about it.
If I really believe all lives have equal value, and if I use contraceptives, which I do, and if I'm counselling my son and my two daughters to use them, how am I not serving the women who don't have access to the contraceptives they need?
Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It's what propels societies forward.
The fact that 98 percent of women in [the U.
S.] who are sexually experienced say they use birth control doesn't make sex any less sacred. It just means that they're getting to make choices about their lives.
In the developing world, it's about time that women are on the agenda.
For instance, 80 percent of small-subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are women, and yet all the programs in the past were predominantly focused on men.
Think, for a moment, about our educational ladder.
We've strengthened the steps lifting students from elementary school to junior high, and those from junior high to high school. But, that critical step taking students from high school into adulthood is badly broken. And it can no longer support the weight it must bear.
We look in our own backyard and say, 'How do we help at-risk families, at risk youth? How do we think through some of the problems affecting the Pacific Northwest and make some change there?'
I am Catholic, I was raised Catholic, I am a practicing Catholic.
But I say we need to agree to disagree. We have a shared mission around poverty, and I focus on that, because we do a lot with the Catholic Church around poverty alleviation. I'm always looking for: what is the common thread? What do we care about? What do we believe in? We believe in women around the world. We believe in all lives have equal value.
When we invest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else.