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Melinda Gates
Melinda French Gates is a co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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On Paid Leave, Mark Zuckerberg, And The State Of America's Fathers

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 6:37 PM

With Father's Day coming up, I'm going to celebrate my dad, my husband, and especially Mark Zuckerberg.

Why Mark Zuckerberg? Because he and Priscilla are friends, but also because he was the subject of a fascinating conversation my daughter Jenn and I had recently with a group of experts about...

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Making Every Woman Count

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 5:58 PM

How many women die preventable deaths each year? When I first started working on global health and development issues a decade and a half ago, the answer shocked me: "No one knows."

Even today, the world has astoundingly little data about women in the world's poorest places. There are still...

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#TalkToMe: A Conversation With My Daughter About Family, Career, and Gender Equality

(88) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 6:46 PM

Now that my oldest daughter Jenn is off at college, every moment I get to spend with her is precious. So this was the perfect excuse to sit down together for a conversation about topics that don't always come up in our day-to-day calls or texts.

Even though I've always...

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Two Superpowers We Wish We Had

(25) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 12:29 PM

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?


We were asked that question recently by high school students in Kentucky. Our answers must have sounded pretty lame to fans of superheroes like Supergirl and the Flash -- we simply wished for more...

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We're Falling Behind on Family Planning: 5 Ways To Get Us Back On Track

(39) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 11:08 AM

Four years ago, I stood with an international alliance of family planning advocates to set an ambitious goal for the world. We pledged that by 2020, 120 million more women and girls would have access to the family planning services they want and need to live their healthiest, best lives.

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Progress on Health, but Not Fast Enough

(30) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 9:43 AM

2015-08-31-1441028675-1685726-MelindaGatesPhoto_Resized.jpg Melinda French Gates visits Mbagathi Hospital to better understand the treatment of severe pneumonia. She is accompanied by Dr. Fred Were, Kenya Pediatric Association, Dr. Anthony Scott, Wellcome Trust, Kilifi, Dr. Loyse Mutae, Chief of Pediatrics, Mbagathi Hospital and Dr. Silas Agutu, Staff Physician,...
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Parental Leave Isn't Just About Parents: Why It Makes a Difference to Our Kids' Health

(70) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:54 PM

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The news that Netflix and Microsoft will strengthen their parental leave policies was welcomed by parents across the country, including me. These announcements should put pressure on every company, in every industry, to design and implement similar policies,...

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아픈 만남을 피하지 마세요

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 11:09 AM

* 이 글은 허핑턴포스트 US에 실린 글을 번역한 것으로, 본문의 '너드(Nerd)'는 멍청이, 세상 물정 모르는 공붓벌레, 기이한 취향의 사람을 뜻합니다.

자칭 "너드 국가"라고 하는 스탠퍼드대학에서 올해 졸업 연설을 하게 된 것은 제게 명예로운 순간이었습니다. 단 하루였지만 저와 남편 빌 모두 "너드 국가"의 시민이 돼서...

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Embrace Your Inner Nerd, But Do It With Empathy

(7) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:51 PM

It was an honor to be asked to give this year's commencement speech at Stanford, which proudly describes itself as "nerd nation." Bill and I were thrilled to become citizens of nerd nation, if only for one day. (It's true, I had no problem putting on the nerd glasses in...

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Keeping Our Promise to Tariko and Bethlehem: Better Nutrition for a Better Future

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Like all mothers everywhere, Tariko Harriso has big dreams for her children. Her daughter Bethlehem is only two years old, and Tariko is already hoping she'll be a doctor someday. But Tariko is doing more than just dreaming about Bethlehem's future. She's also taking actions to make sure...

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Bring Every Good Thing to Our Children

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. Every time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide through MAMA, Shot@Life, and Girl Up. Scroll to the bottom...

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Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Global Development

(15) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Over the next decade, nearly 1 billion women will enter the global workforce. This could be great for the world. If these 1 billion women are allowed to apply their ingenuity and skills and talent to their fullest extent, they will make everybody's lives better.

This is my hope as...

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Bis 2035 wird es fast keine armen Länder mehr geben

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 6:39 AM

Unsere Welt ist in fast jeder Hinsicht besser als je zuvor. Die Menschen leben länger und gesünder. Die Armutsquote hat sich in den letzten 25 Jahren halbiert. Die Kindersterblichkeit sinkt. Viele Länder, die früher Fördergeldern brauchten, schaffen es jetzt allein.

Man sollte meinen, dass ein solcher Fortschritt zu weltweitem...

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Frauen sollten bei der Familien-Planung eine wichtige Rolle spielen

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 1:26 PM

Diese Woche werde ich eine Reise unternehmen, auf der ich zwei wichtige Events besuchen werde: die Verleihung der "Glamour Women of the Year Awards" in New York und danach eine internationale Konferenz zur Familienplanung in Addis Abeba, Äthiopien. Auch wenn sich diese Kombination scheinbar widerspricht: der rote Teppich neben den...

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Celebrating Women and the Dignity of Family Planning

(200) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:00 AM

This week, I'm on a trip with two important stops: the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City, then the International Family Planning Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I can appreciate how this ensemble might appear to clash -- the red carpet next to the green-brown fields...

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The Most Important Statistic in the World

(173) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 1:56 PM

Two of my passions are child health and statistics. So I look forward to mid-September every year, to the day when UNICEF reports how many fewer children died the previous year.

Every single year--for at least the last 50 years--the number has gone down. Every. Single. Year.


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Three Deadly Diseases, One Common Cause

(40) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:02 PM

When Germany and other wealthy nations came together to create the Global Fund a decade ago, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria were leading causes of death in developing countries and a major source of poverty. But world leaders recognized that they could make dramatic gains against these three diseases by expanding...

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Celebrating Extraordinary Men This Father's Day

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 2:57 PM

When I talk about the special role of women and girls in development -- and I do that a lot -- it leaves open the question of what I think about men and boys.

For example, I routinely point out that mothers prioritize investing in their children's health and education....

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Empowered Women Make Nations Strong

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Sometimes a number can put a complicated truth in simple terms. Here's one: 20%. A child whose family budget is controlled by the mother is 20% more likely to survive.

Why? Women know what's best for their families. They make health care, nutritious food and education priorities. But...

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On Molly Melching and However Long the Night

(11) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 4:28 PM

The first time I met Molly Melching, the founder of an organization called Tostan, we were driving through the countryside in Senegal on our way to Kolma Peulh, one of more than 1,000 villages in Senegal that no longer practice female genital cutting because of the innovative work Molly and...

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