Why Melinda Gates May Be One Of The World’s Most Powerful Advocates For Women And Girls

George Zapo - Author

Nov. 14 2017, Updated 3:35 a.m. ET

Melinda Gates has become one of the most powerful individuals on earth whose primary focus is advocating for girls and women. The American businesswoman and philanthropist has a $41.3 billion endowment, and she can use it in just about any manner that she and her husband, Bill Gates, see fit. She intends to take full advantage of another philanthropic opportunity and challenge.

For the first decade and a half of its existence, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation positioned itself toward eradicating malaria and polio, as well as taking a hard look at global education issues. Now, Melinda Gates is focusing more attention on impoverished girls and women around the world.

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This September, Melinda Gates and a group of prominent women world leaders met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for a G7 conference. In attendance for the meeting with Melinda were Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Queen Rania of Jordan, former Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Soldberg, the CEO of General Motors General Motors, Mary Barra, and the Director of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan.


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