After philanthropy, it’s books next for Melinda French Gates. The public icon recently announced a partnership with Flatiron Books for the launch of an imprint “dedicated exclusively to nonfiction about social issues faced by women and girls.” Named after Gates’s own book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, the imprint will come in three titles in this subject area, the first of which will be published in 2023. It will explore the systems that lock refugee women into cycles of economic struggle” by Jina Krause-Vilmar, president and CEO of nonprofit Upwardly Global that aids immigrants and refugees.
The second edition (titled 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, while the third by Joanne N. Smith, founder, president, and CEO of Brooklyn-based nonprofit, Girls for Gender Equity, “will probe how (and why) American society continues to fail Black girls and gender-expansive youth.”
Commenting on the imprint, Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in a statement said, “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.”
She further added, “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.”
As per reports, Gates expressed the idea of launching an imprint after Macmillan approached her about a follow-up to her bestseller. “She replied that she wanted to promote other voices, those of people working on behalf of women and girls around the world,” said Will Schwalbe, Executive Vice President of Editorial Development at Macmillan.
Can’t wait to get our hands on the imprint already!