Melinda Gates

(Melinda Ann Gates)

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… any occasion when contraceptives and public policy overlap seems to be an excuse to fight about other issues—abortion or the meaning of religious freedom, for instance. But the fact is that literally 99 percent of women in the United States who have had sex, use birth control at some point in their lives. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Behavior change is critical. While we’re working upstream, developing solutions, we’ve got to be thinking of delivery: How should we develop and deliver those solutions so that they will be adopted. Foreign Aid ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Contraceptives unlock one of the most dormant but potentially powerful assets in development: women as decision makers. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I want to help put women at the center of global health and development work, and better contraceptives are one of their top priorities. Listening to women shouldn’t be a revolutionary idea in 2012, but it is. Development & Growth
Poverty is sexist. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Poverty
The so-called East Asian economic miracle of the 1980s was due in large part to parents in the region deciding to have fewer children. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
We feel that we can do a great deal of good. We want to eliminate malaria in this generation. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Women and girls transform societies. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
After a number of years dating, we decided we were good partners.
All lives have an equal value.
But we also believe in taking risks, because that's how you move things along.
Government funding that's coming from the United States is making a huge difference on the ground in the developing world. It's really palpable - it's making a huge difference saving lives. Government
Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio.
I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere.
I learn in a different way. I learn experientially.
I realized that the only way to get into a good college was to be valedictorian or salutatorian. So that was my goal.
I think it's very important that we instill in our kids that it has nothing to do with their name or their situation that they're growing up in; it has to do with who they are as an individual.
I think the Americans need to understand that a lot of times the children are bored in school, and that is why they are not staying in.
I want to live as private a life as I can because of our children. Life
If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped. Life
I'm constantly saying to myself, 'I'm lucky I was born in the United States.'
I'm wholehearted about whatever I do.
In the developing world, it's about time that women are on the agenda. For instance, 80 percent of small-subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are women, and yet all the programs in the past were predominantly focused on men. Time ;Women
It is still just unbelievable to us that diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child deaths in the world.
Kids are falling through the cracks and nobody notices it. That to me is what's wrong with the school system.
Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh.
My background was computer science and business school, so eventually I worked my way up where I was running product groups - development, testing, marketing, user education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The premise of this foundation is one life on this planet is no more valuable than the next. Life
There are absolutely lots of teachers who are trying to come into the profession, but they are not attracted enough to say, 'I'm going to switch careers to do it,' or they are often not retained... because the salaries and the compensation aren't there to make it happen.
There's a false perception that women in Africa somehow don't love their babies they way we do, don't grieve their loss the way we would. That is simply not true. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women
We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us.
We started this mostly from an intellectual place.
We talk a lot in our home together about where we're going, what I'm doing.
We would be driving down the street in a place like Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and started to see, my gosh, the only people that have shoes are men. Why does that woman have a baby in her belly and one on her back, and she's carrying a huge load of bananas? You start to ask these questions.
Women around the world should have a tool that helps them plan their pregnancies. Women
You can have the best vaccines for a woman or her child, but if you can't get her to come and get them then they won't work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can't save kids just with vaccines.