To say writing our Annual Letter got us out of our comfort zone would be an understatement. But this year, that was kind of the point!
Here are some the hardest questions we've ever been asked. http://m-gat.es/2BsH0o9
When we launched the foundation, Bill was coming from Microsoft, and I was restarting my career. Here’s how we built a partnership of equals.
Glamour’s Samantha Barry asked me how I’d sum up the past three years of progress for women. Here’s what I told her—and where I believe we must go next.
Is it fair that you have so much influence? Why are you really giving your money away—what’s in it for you?
Bill and I get asked these questions all the time. They’re tough—but we think they’re worth answering. So, for this year’s Annual Letter, we did just that.
When Lin-Manuel Miranda agreed to join Bill and me for a conversation about why we think the world is getting better—well, let’s just say we couldn’t throw away our shot. Join us for a live discussion, and comment below with your questions.
Today, the President released his budget request for 2019. It continues the misguided approach the Administration has taken toward global health and development over the past year. This plan falls far short of America’s longstanding aid commitments, and I think we should be crystal clear about what that means.
Historically, the U.S. has dedicated only about 1 percent of the federal budget to foreign aid. Even that small investment reaps enormous returns—not only for the hea...lth and well-being of people overseas, but for the safety and security of our citizens. For example, the fact that we already had health workers on the ground in Nigeria fighting polio was a key reason we were able to contain the last Ebola epidemic before it reached our shores. Make no mistake: foreign aid funding protects American lives, too.
While the proposal restores some funding for international family planning, I remain troubled by the impact of underfunding these programs, both through the budget and the continued impact of the Mexico City Policy. For women and children around the world, family planning is a matter of life and death. Without the ability to plan and space their pregnancies, women are more likely to die in childbirth, their babies are less likely to survive childhood, and more vulnerable families are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
When I think about what’s at stake, I think of a woman I met in Niger named Sadi—a mother of six who uses contraceptives because she believes it’s part of her duty as a parent. “It wouldn’t be fair for me to have another child,” she told me. “I can’t afford to feed the ones I have.”
Budgets are a reflection of our priorities. When we cut funding for the programs that are keeping women and children alive, it sends a signal to the world that we do not care about their lives or futures.
A great reminder that Black History Month isn’t just a chance to celebrate the leaders who shaped our past; it’s an opportunity to spotlight new leaders who are building an even better future. Don’t miss these profiles of Kamala Harris, Tamika D Mallory, Yrsa Daley-Ward, and more.
For decades, powerful men have responded to sexism in the tech industry by saying, “It’s always been this way.” What they mean is, “It will always be this way.”
Emily Chang's book proves that the first statement is wrong. And we don’t have to accept the second.
A year ago today, the world lost one of its most passionate evidence-based optimists. Hans Rosling was a true inspiration to Bill and me: his guiding belief was that if people understood how the world was getting better, they’d want to help it get better themselves. The two of us think of him often, and we’re going to keep doing everything we can ensure his spirit lives on through our work at the foundation.
One of the coders I met at the Grace Hopper Celebration likes to say: “Be who you needed when you were younger.” Kayla recognizes that her path into tech could have been easier if she’d had someone to provide guidance and support. Today, she says: “If I can do that for even one girl, that’s all I want.”
Mentorship matters—and it needs to come from both women and men. Helping young people reach their potential helps us all. #MentorHer
No one should be forced to choose between caring for someone they love and bringing home a paycheck. #FMLA25
Love these ideas—especially the one about spotlighting more women who are quietly thriving in tech. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked with an amazing young coder in the past year and thought: I wish more girls could hear her story.
“We’re seeing a new rise of women-centered innovation: products and services designed for women by women, based on the pain points women experience in daily life. The investment ecosystem is unprepared to understand this opportunity, much less identify, invest in, and nurture this next generation of companies.”
Insightful—and electrifying—piece from Refinery29.