Wall Street Journal Names Gates Foundation Co-Founder Melinda Gates One of ’50 Women To Watch’
The Wall Street Journal on Monday profiled Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as one of "50 women to watch." Gates is a "powerful force in the new philanthropy" of international health, and she goes the "distance to assess global health needs," according to the Journal. "Her mix of grace and gravitas has ... eased acceptance of [the Gateses'] ambitious agenda for ending health inequities," the Journal reports, adding that Gates has been "key" to the foundation's work by "studying the science, seeking expert counsel and respecting it." She also "played a pivotal role" in the foundation's efforts to curb the spread of HIV in India, where government officials initially "bristled" at the Gateses citing AIDS prevalence data from the CIA, according to the Journal. During a recent visit to India, Gates "soothed critics and earned new credibility for the foundation's efforts," the Journal reports (Chase, Wall Street Journal, 11/20).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.