7 Times Melinda Gates Proved That Women Should Be Running the World

In honor of her birthday, we've rounded up her words of wisdom every woman should live by.

Melinda Gates
(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates

(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates

(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates

(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates

(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates

(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates

(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Melinda Gates

(Image credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

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Photos via The Gates Foundation and used with permission

Diana Pearl
Diana Pearl

I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.