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Melinda Gates explains how she’s just like most women

In her new memoir, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, the philanthropist examines the challenges facing women around the globe, in the U.S. and in her own home—and offers lessons for fighting back

Do you worry that it’s difficult for women to relate to you on the subject of inequality because you have so much wealth and power? One of the things I try to do in the book is break down the differences between myself and other women. Part of the reason I share some of the most difficult moments I’ve had in life, including abuse [by a former boyfriend], is to help people understand we are all more similar than

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