We’re back with a September pick for our #AerieREAL Reads book club titled The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, and it’s a heartfelt choice from trailblazing scientist and AerieREAL Role Model Keiana Cavé. As the CEO of the female-led company SUBLIMA, a pharmaceutical startup with the goal of launching the first non-hormonal birth control pill in the U.S., Keiana needs no primer on what it means to empower others.

Her passion for educating women combined with her supportive upbringing made for an immediate connection with this book, which has inspired and stuck with Keiana since she read it. Learn more about why she picked this book below, then jump into the discussion questions and share your thoughts with the Aerie fam.

Why did you choose this book:
When I first saw it the title really resonated with me. I was raised by really strong women in my household and this book really was able to tap into all of the lessons they taught me. We lifted each other up and truly empowered each other to be the best versions of ourselves.

What stuck with you from this book:
Hearing about all the experiences Melinda had to go through around the world. She has traveled everywhere and has had the opportunity to meet extraordinary woman!

What do you hope readers take away from it:
Women can uplift each other, and we don’t do enough of it. If we did this more often, we could run the world!

Did you relate to any of the characters in the book:
Melinda was the only character in the book. She is so inspiring and really has so much to offer. Everyone should read this book.

As you’re reading The Moment of Lift or if you already finished it, we want to know what you think! Were your takeaways similar to Keiana’s, or was your interpretation of the book different?

1. What was your favorite example of empowerment throughout the book?

2. Did you relate to Melinda’s character?

3. What stuck with you after you finished?

Now it’s your turn! Comment below and share your thoughts.

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