Melinda Gates

Co-Chair , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates

As co-chair, Melinda Gates shapes and approves foundation strategies, reviews results, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. Her regular work on behalf of the foundation includes meeting with local, national, and international grantees and partners, as well as giving speeches and interviews to focus attention on these issues.

Blog Posts by Melinda Gates

Where's the Controversy in Saving Lives?
As we get closer to the London Summit on Family Planning, people often ask me, “Why is family planning so important to you?” The simple answer is that it can mean everything to so many of the women and families I meet. It means the difference between being empowered and feeling powerless.
July 9, 2012

Why Contraception? Why Now?
More than 1 billion people currently use birth control. For the most part, they do it without hesitation. They do it because they want the power to plan their own lives—and to raise healthy, happy families when they are ready to do so.
April 5, 2012

Melinda Gates on TEDXChange: Looking ahead to a Stellar Line-Up
With only a few days to go, I’m eagerly anticipating TEDxChange: The Big Picture and putting the finishing touches on my talk. The TEDx speakers I have watched online this year have certainly set a high bar.
April 2, 2012