Melinda French Gates on how leaders can boost women’s economic power

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A community health volunteer, Mesaid, conducts meets with an expectant mother, Chizi, in Mariakani, Kenya.
A community health volunteer, Mesaid, meets with an expectant mother, Chizi, in Mariakani, Kenya. ©Gates Archive/Alissa Everett

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