Melinda French Gates Launches Women – Focused Book Imprint

The philanthropist’s new imprint, in partnership with Flatiron Books, will publish notification about social issues faced by women and girls.

PARIS, France – Philanthropist Melinda French Gates is branching out into a new field: books, Elle announced that Gates, in partnership with Flatiron Books, part of Macmillan Publishers, is launching Moment of Lift Books, ‘an imprint dedicated exclusively to nonfiction about social issues faced by women and girls’.

The imprint is named after Gates’s own book, ‘The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World.’ It will launch with three titles in this subject area, the first of which will be published in 2023.

‘While we’ve made tremendous progress towards gender equality in recent decades, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately affect women’s lives and livelihoods’, Gates, co – chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in a statement, per the AP.

‘As the world works to advance an equitable recovery, Moment of Lift Books will publish visionaries who are helping ensure women’s voices and perspectives are not left behind. I hope their stories will inspire readers to join in the global fight for equality’.

In the first book, Jina Krause – Vilmar, president and CEO on nonprofit Upwardly Global, which aids immigrants and refugees, will ‘explore the systems that lock refugee women into cycles of economic struggle.’ The second work, Radical Inclusion, will advocate allowing pregnant women to attend school in Sierra Leone, written by the country’s minister of basic and senior secondary education, David Moinina Sengeh. In the third book, Joanne N. Smith, founder, president and CEO of Brooklyn – based nonprofit, Girls for Gender Equity. ‘will probe hos (and why) American society continues to fail Black girls and gender – expansibe youth’.

Per Elle, Gates came up with the idea for the imprint after Macmillian asked her to write a follow- up to her own book. Said Will Schwalbe, Executive Vice President of Editorial Development at Macmillan. ‘She replied that she wanted to promote the other voice, those of people working on behalf of women and girls around the world’.