Melinda Gates’ New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women’s Health

Posted May 25, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

The Gates Foundation, and Melinda Gates specifically, have had a heavy hand in real-world worldwide change for the last 12 years. From the eradication of polio in developing countries to the life-changing Gates Scholarship giving students an opportunity to attend both undergraduate and graduate school, and a commitment to supporting the nonprofit sector in America, the work Bill and Melinda have done is game-changing.

Today, Melinda Gates is turning her attention to yet another incredible area of need, one Career Girl Network wants to share with you – women’s health. To quote a recent Daily Beast Article, “Melinda Gates’ New Crusade,”

Now the foundation, which is worth almost $34 billion, is putting her agenda into practice. In July it’s teaming up with the British government to cosponsor a summit of world leaders in London, to start raising the $4 billion the foundation says it will cost to get 120 million more women access to contraceptives by 2020. And in a move that could be hugely significant for American women, it is pouring money into the long-neglected field of contraceptive research, seeking entirely new methods of birth control. Ultimately Gates hopes to galvanize a global movement. “When I started to realize that that needed to get done in family planning, I finally said, OK, I’m the person that’s going to do that,” she says.

One of the pieces of the work that most inspired me is the idea of creating a new contraceptive.

Another of the “crazy ideas we’ve been dreaming about,” he says, “is whether we could create an implantable device that would be woman-controlled, and that you could put it in, and it could last her reproductive lifetime.” She could turn it on and off at will, and it would never need to be removed. “That’s something that I think every woman everywhere in the world could potentially benefit from,” he says.

It’s ideas like these that can truly change the world for women’s health, and it’s people like Melinda Gates and the resources of the Gates Foundation who can make it happen. Read more at the Daily Beast about Melinda’s new ideas and the way they might again change the game in worldwide health by clicking here.

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Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."