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20 Women Changing the World

Melinda Gates met her husband, Bill, while working as a project manager for Microsoft, and the two married in 1994. Soon after, Melinda Gates left Microsoft to focus on raising a family, along with running the world’s largest private foundation. Since 1994 she has devoted her time, effort, and fortune to addressing health and poverty issues in the U.S. and abroad. While broadly shaping the strategy, results, and future direction of the organization with her husband, Melinda Gates has emphasized her goal of empowering women in developing countries to decide whether and when to have a child.

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