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Kristy_K
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This book is truly about women empowerment. Gates acknowledges her own privilege and keeps the focus on the women that are often left in the margins. It is both inspirational and heartbreaking.

One thing I love about this book is that Gates doesn‘t paint herself as the savior. The women she talks about are the real heroes in their own lives and the world. I‘m in awe of their strength and love.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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youneverarrived
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It‘s great that Melinda Gates uses her wealth and voice to inform people of the issues she talks about in this book, & to try and empower and lift women. I appreciate that and the fact she‘s putting the message out there that women in all parts of the world need to be treated equally. However, I didn‘t find the book compelling as such and a lot of the information I‘ve heard before. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #newyearwhodis

Megabooks They‘ve definitely chosen a better path with their money than some billionaires! I went back and forth with this one - is she making a positive impact or is she imposing outside values on a different culture? But what I enjoyed about this one was how she personally resolved her feminism with her Catholicism. Most of the Catholic women in my town are anti-feminists. There were a lot of angles this made me think about. 3d
Megabooks I should say most of the Catholic women I know in my particular town are not pro-feminism. I have recommended this book to a few of them. 3d
youneverarrived @Megabooks I can see why it would be a great book for people to read in that regard, definitely. Have the women you‘ve recommended it to read it? I was a bit conflicted with it too for those reasons, though she does always acknowledge her privilege. 3d
Megabooks None that have told me they‘ve read it or wanted to discuss it. For me the religion vs feminism thing was the best part of the book, so I definitely wish one of my friends wanted to talk about it. 3d
youneverarrived @Megabooks I was going to say it would be interesting to hear their view on it! I‘m not religious so I think that part of it was lost on me. 2d
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crazyspine
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I recommend for fans of A Path Appears.

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So the library would only let me go back two years in checkouts 👎🏻👎🏻, so it only gets five spots, to make an even 20. I listened to so many good ones in 2016 and 2017 that I‘m sorry I don‘t have a record of those.

#top10ofthedecade #audiobookedition @Cinfhen

Megabooks @melissajayne I had owned it as an ebook since it came out, but it wasn‘t until I checked out the audiobook that I actually enjoyed it. 1mo
Scochrane26 I love The Interestings, but I read it on kindle. 1mo
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Megabooks @Scochrane26 This checkout was actually my second time listening to it. It was one of the first fiction audiobooks I really enjoyed. I think a good match between narrator and book is even more important in fiction than nonfiction. 1mo
Scochrane26 @megabooks yes, I agree. I‘m pickier about fiction I listen to than NF. 1mo
k.reads.5 Loved Bitcoin Billionaires as well, although I read the ebook version! 1mo
Megabooks @k.reads.5 I definitely learned a lot listening to it. One of the most enjoyable from when I was walking more this summer! 1mo
Lindy Oh! I loved The Orphan Master‘s Son in audio too! 1mo
Megabooks @Lindy yes! It was really good! 1mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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This was a great audiobook listen. So empowering and informational. While not the most amazing writing, and, yes, there are personal stories. But Gates consistently recognizes her privilege and chooses her personal stories judiciously.

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Dietz123
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This is a thoughtful book. If you‘re a feminist and a Catholic like me, you might especially connect with Melinda‘s perspective. The best part about this book is hearing someone raised more conservatively than myself talk compassionately about birth control.

marleed I loved this book and I hadn‘t given that much consideration to Melinda Gates before. I was also raised Catholic but much more on the liberal side - which I know is not easy to find. 1mo
Dietz123 Liberal Catholics exist! They are just under appreciated.... 3w
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RvnclawWhovian
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While reading this book I learned, as a 30 year old, things I had never been told about my body. I went into the book thinking this method would be too time consuming or complicated and learned to my happy surprise that neither were true. Whether you‘re interested in utilizing fertility awareness or not, this is a must read for all uterus havers. I only wish I had found this book sooner and perhaps saved myself from more invasive, harmful methods.

sherryvdh This book changed so much for me! It gave me such a new understanding of my body. I also felt I found it way too late. And I agree, it is a must read. It drives me crazy that we aren't taught the basic functions of female bodies. 1mo
GingerAntics I‘m a little skeptical. I grew up catholic and saw all the large families compliments of “natural birth control.” 1mo
RvnclawWhovian @GingerAntics lol I grew up catholic too and trust me, this isn‘t the rhythm method 😉 1mo
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RvnclawWhovian @sherryvdh so happy you found it, knowing one‘s body is so liberating 1mo
GingerAntics Hm. I‘m going to have to check this out. If nothing else, apparently there‘s info about my body I‘m missing. Clearly the catholic school sex ed didn‘t cover ANYTHING useful. 1mo
RvnclawWhovian @GingerAntics yea catholic school sex Ed is kind of a joke, although mine was a little more progressive in the sense that they didn‘t teach abstinence only. A lot of people think fertility awareness and the rhythm method are the same thing and they‘re not, like at all. Highly recommend giving this a read 1mo
GingerAntics Oh wow. Yeah, mine was in no way progressive. “God made women to have babies.” My favourite was “God doesn‘t like sex, so he turns his back when you‘re having it, so you should do it as quickly as possible and get it over with so God‘s back is turned to you for the least amount of time possible.” 🤦🏼‍♀️ That was totally written by a man. Lord knows that was written by a man. (edited) 1mo
GingerAntics Then I broke the # 1 rule of 5th grade sex ed survival, I raised my hand and asked a question. The answer to which required my question being passed on to the priest in the building, the priest at the other campus, some one at the local office, then on to the archbishop, who happened to be a family friend, who guess I was the one who asked the question, simply by finding out which school it came from. 🤣😂🤣 1mo
GingerAntics 😇 Nearly made the teacher swallow his tongue. It was awesome!!! 🤣😂🤣 1mo
RvnclawWhovian @GingerAntics 😂😂😂😂 most definitely written by a man. Good lord that‘s some terrible advice lol. No wonder there were so many unplanned pregnancies 🤦‍♀️ like I said in the review, even if you have no intention of using FAM as a method of birth control, I still think it‘s valuable info that every person with a uterus should know. FWIW, I‘ve been doing it for 1.5 years and have been very happy and successfully childless 1mo
GingerAntics Hm. So it does seem to actually work. I‘m always up for learning more about the wonders of the human body. I read “She Comes First” for my NaNo project last year and I actually learned stuff about my own anatomy. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I‘ll give this a go! 1mo
GingerAntics SNAP CRACKLE POP MY LIBRARY HAS A DIGITAL COPY WITH NO WAIT LINE!!! Here we go!!! 1mo
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Dietz123
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This book is so interesting. The author shows us the disparity between conservative arguments and the reality she has personally witnessed as a philanthropist. The importance of the message outstrips her skill as a writer, and she doggedly forged ahead anyway. I think she succeeded in making her point. I recommend you judge for yourself.

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taraWritesSci
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Excellent read. It's tempting to dismiss Gates as yet another billionaire philanthropist forcing the mess of globalized ideas onto impoverished regions--that's what every other has done so far--but it's not the case here. The foundation takes extra care to listen to what the people need, and provide the type of support requested. Gates also addresses the criticism of her privilege with grace and humility, an exception among the ultra-fortunate.

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Witches, Midwives & Nurses: A History of Women Healers | Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English
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This tiny (67 page) book discusses the theory that witches were the predecessors to midwives and nurses. I have the first edition, published in 1973. There is a second edition that mentions errors in their research. As a nurse and a green witch I couldn‘t pass this one up when I saw it for sale at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

4thhouseontheleft This sounds good!
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