Ursuline alumna Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft Corporation founder Bill Gates, has released a new book that emphasizes the power of empowering women to create change.

Her book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World,” shares both her story and stories of women who Melinda Gates has met around the world. In a Facebook promotion video, Melissa Gates says she hopes the book creates conversations about how to create more moments of lift and empowerment for women.

Robin Roberts of Good Morning America asked Melinda Gates why she decided to write the book now.

“Because equality can’t wait,” Gates said. “I feel like we have this moment in time, this window is open because of the #MeToo movement, the number of women who have come into Congress. But yet, if we don’t use this window of time, we won’t really get equality.”

In the book, Gates describes a story where an African woman asked for more help from her husband and how that changed the village and abusive relationships as well. Gates said she wanted to give women voices in situations where they usually feel like they have none.

Gates is a Dallas native and graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas as the valedictorian of the class of 1982. She then went to Duke University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and economics and later an MBA.

She and Bill married in 1994 and have three children together.

More information about Gates’ new book can be found online on her website evoke.org.

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