Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

As co-chair of the foundation, Melinda Gates shapes and approves strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Over the last 15 years, her work has led her to increasingly focus on empowering women and girls as a way to bring transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. Melinda received a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.

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Melinda Gates on the Value of Being a Working Mom

"If I wanted my children to believe that women can do anything, I needed to model that for them."

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6 Influential Women on Why We Need Worldwide Contraceptive Access Now

This is an international issue, so I called on women I admire from all over the globe to speak out.

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The Fundamental Missing Piece of Women's Equality

Without data on women's lives, we'll never affect global change.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Women's Issues in India

Contributing editor Melinda Gates on the stories—and women—who are making impactful change.

Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates Is Our New Contributing Editor

And why women aren't a special interest group. 

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One Day Is Not Enough: Melinda Gates Reflects on International Day of the Girl

Why today is important—but tomorrow's even more so.

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Melinda Gates Reports on Feminism in Malawi

An impressive new trend is changing conditions for women—and helping them push the whole country towards a better future.