Monday, January 21, 2008

Melinda Gates

Was in Germany last week and in my search for English literature of any kind, came across Fortune Magazine and an article about Melinda Gates, the wife of America's wealthiest man, Bill Gates.

Right now it is easier to name the women in America to not admire than it is to name the women to admire. There are seemingly endless stories of the transgressions of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, etc. There is the constant scrutiny on women in powerful roles such as Hillary Clinton or Carly Fiorina. Even women who do amazing things like the aid work of Mia Farrow or Angelina Jolie is always tempered by the side stories around them and their personal lives.

This article about Melinda Gates portrays a humble, caring, and inspirational person. While she married the country's wealthiest man, she is doing amazing things. While there will be many who say, 'must be easy when your husband is worth $50+ Billion', think you have to acknowledge the amazing work and vision of this lady. She could home school her kids with Harvard professors, she could do nothing but have people server her all the time, she could never worry about anything ever. Yet she and her husband, and others like Warren Buffet who has promised somewhere in the area of $10+ billion to the foundation are taking on major and difficult problems that will advance the world.

If I had a daughter I would want her to know about Melinda Gates and the strong, impressive woman that she is.

The United States is a country that has not embraced many powerful women. Hopefully we start to more.

See the article below and I think you will agree that Melinda Gates is an easy place to start.

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