“The best way to fight back is to speak up — to say openly the very thing that others stigmatize.” — Melinda Gates, “The Moment of Lift”

June 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — June is National Safety Month, and at Inkandescent™ we can’t think of a better way to shine a light on what it means to be safe — Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul, and Heart — than by giving a shout out to philanthropist Melinda Gates.

For the last 20 years, she has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, she insists: “Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear. If you want to lift a society, you need to stop keeping women down.”

While she has been in the news quite a bit this spring regarding her divorce from Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, what makes Melinda truly amazing is her ability to stand up for what she knows is right.

This month we honor Melinda Gates and encourage you to pick up a copy of her book: The Moment of Lift. “How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings — and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

About the book: In this moving and compelling tome, the author shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. “That is why I had to write this book ― to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.”

Startling data back Melinda’s unforgettable narrative as she presents the issues that most need our attention―from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world―and ourselves.

Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another. We thank Melinda for her inspiration and courage. Inkandescent Women everywhere share her message and mission: “When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.”

We invite you to read about the 8 other women featured in this June 2021 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine, who we know will give you insight and provide inspiration on your journey to stay safe, be strong, and find your own personal ways of changing the world. — With Love, Hope, and the entire Inkandescent™ team