“There are still too many men in the seats of power”

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Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Denis Balibouse/Reuters

  • Melinda French Gates speaks out against the lack of fully paid family medical leave in the United States.

  • Electing more women and people of color would help solve that problem, she told Fortune, saying, “There are too many men with seats of power still on Capitol Hill in the United States.”

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently discovered that the world will not achieve gender equality until at least 2108, three generations later than expected.

Melinda French Gates knows that the United States lags other countries in paid family medical leave, and she says electing more women and people of color would help close that gap.

“We’re the only industrialized country that doesn’t have a strong paid family medical leave policy, and that just shouldn’t be the case,” the billionaire philanthropist said in an interview with Fortune this week. “But we have to be frank: there are too many men with seats of power still on Capitol Hill in the United States.”

Although there are a record number of women in the 117th Congress, they still make up only 28% of it, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. And while this Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse in history, people of color make up about 25% of the Senate and House of Representatives, holding 136 of the 535 seats according to the report.

Earlier this week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charity she leads with ex-husband and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, released a report saying the world will not achieve gender equality. before at least 2108, three generations behind previous projections.

“A lot of times we think we’re going to get there on gender equality — that we might move the needle a little bit,” French Gates told Fortune. When it comes to women’s representation in government, “we go up a percentage point or two, and we think, ‘Okay, we’re on the path to empowerment.'”

French Gates pointed to the funding disparity between female and male political candidates.

“We don’t fund women’s campaigns like we fund men’s,” she said in the interview. “It’s a big problem.”

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