Wife of Bill Gates and philanthropist, Melinda Gates is now a contributing editor for MarieClaire.com. According to her, on her 50th birthday, she made a promise to herself that the rest of her life would have one central focus and that is improving the lives of women and girls around the world.
“That’s why I’m joining up with MarieClaire.com as a contributing editor: I’ll report from the front lines about how the world is changing for women—and how it should change more. I want to spark smart conversations with you about what it means to be a woman today (and tomorrow), whether here in the U.S. or in rural villages in some of the world’s poorest places.
“These conversations are more important than ever because people are finally listening. We’re in the midst of an international movement for gender equality unlike anything the world has ever seen.
“I’ve always believed that “women’s issues” are essentially human rights issues: education, autonomy, accessible healthcare. So as important as it is to have women at the center of these conversations, we need these conversations to translate into action.
The fact is that women and girls represent not only 50 percent of the world’s population—but also 50 percent of the world’s brainpower, economic potential, and even human possibility. It’s in everyone’s interest to recognize that.
Women and girls shouldn’t just settle for a spot on the agenda. Women and girls are the agenda.