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Bending the Curve on Women’s Power and Influence

According to the World Economic Forum, at the current pace of progress, the U.S. is 208 years away from gender equality.

Melinda Gates hears that number as a call to action. She believes that women’s power and influence is worth investing in. She wants to see more women in the position to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives. And she knows she’s not alone.

How do we accelerate the pace of progress and achieve measurable results by 2030?

The unprecedented energy around gender equality makes this a moment when extraordinary progress is possible. To convert this energy into action, the Pivotal Ventures team has identified three high-leverage opportunities where we believe increased capital and collaboration can drive results over the next decade.

Melinda outlined these three opportunities in her recent Harvard Business Review article.

  1. Dismantling the barriers to women’s professional advancement, which include norms around caregiving, sexual harassment & discrimination, and stereotypical representations of women.

  2. Fast-tracking women’s entry into and advancement through critical sectors, including technology, media, and public office.

  3. Mobilizing stakeholders like consumers, employees, and shareholders to amplify external pressure on institutions in need of reform.

We believe that progress is possible—but only in partnership. We are looking to build a broad coalition of partners who refuse to wait 208 years for gender equality.

Read Melinda’s TIME op-ed to learn why she hopes her $1 billion investment is an invitation to others to join the cause and make financial commitments of their own.