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Treat women better, Bill and Melinda Gates tell President Trump

A screenshot of the homepage of Bill and Melinda Gates’ website A screenshot of the homepage of Bill and Melinda Gates’ website
Andrew Cummings | 16 February, 2018, 06:12

Their 2018 annual letter, from which some points in this article are adapted, is available at The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.

The letter also includes tough questions that are relevant to their work in Africa, including questions about the foundation's influence and why they are giving away their wealth.

Questions range from the political to the personal, including,"Are you imposing your values on other cultures?" and, "What do you have to show for the billions you've spent on US education?"

Wealth opens doors that are closed to most people, Melinda Gates wrote. It's not the same in philanthropy.

"That's not how we teach our kids to speak", she continued. They're answering questions from their foundation's critics.

"That means we need to hire well, consult experts, learn constantly, and seek out different viewpoints", he said. "Even if we measured everything the government did only by how much it helped American citizens, global engagement would still be a smart investment". California, for example, than ourjust to run its public school system for one year.

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"It's always been important to us that we are equal partners in our foundation's work". It's about knowing how life can get better.

Why don't you give more in the US?

Answering the question, Melinda Gates laid the answer out simply: "because they can do things no one else can". They're able to take a global view to find the greatest needs, take a long-term approach to solving tough problems and manage high-risk projects that governments can't take on and corporations won't.

Why don't you give money to fight climate change? We would be delighted if someday diseases like polio and malaria have been forgotten, and the fact that we worked on them has been, too. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Melinda agreed, and said that the passion the two feel for their actions through the Foundation was born from a desire to leave the world better than they found it, and to "do our part to make the world better". First, we agree on basic values.... That's the majority of our marriage.

They also argued that saving children's lives does not cause overpopulation. Both of us love digging into the science behind our work. "We keep talking to them because if the USA cuts back on its investments overseas, people in other countries will die, and Americans will be worse off". We've spent thousands of hours learning together, meeting with scientists, educators and world leaders. Gates was the richest man in the world for 17 years. But now it's impossible to imagine.

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