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We Need a More Targeted Approach to Combatting Global Inequality

We Need a More Targeted Approach to Combatting Global Inequality

The global economic system works very well for some people, including us. It hardly works at all for millions of others. Those for whom it doesn’t work are robbed of the opportunity to lead the life they want, and that is unjust.We believe that every life has equal value. That’s why we believe in progressive taxes and paying our fair share to support government programs, and it’s why we are giving virtually all of our money away. We want to narrow inequality. But even though the motive for our philanthropy in the United States and around the world is the same, the way we put it into...

September 17, 2019
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Melinda Gates: I’m Committing $1 Billion to Gender Equality

Melinda Gates: I’m Committing $1 Billion to Gender Equality

In 2018, there were more men named James running Fortune 500 companies than there were women. This year, only one CEO on that list of 500 is a woman of color. Women are 51 percent of the population but hold only 24 percent of the seats in Congress. My reaction to facts like these is a complicated mix of outrage and optimism. I imagine I’m not alone. It’s frustrating—even heartbreaking—to confront evidence of the many ways our country continues to hold women back. Then again, for most of our history, women’s absence from positions of power and influence wasn’t newsworthy; it was normal....

October 3, 2019
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