It’s impossible to disassociate her with the years spent gracing runways and magazine covers, but it’s equally hard, these days, to think of Turlington Burns as anything but the activist she has molded herself into. Nearly a decade ago, she founded Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit dedicated to helping mothers around the world through pregnancy and childbirth. Here, a look at the books on her nightstand.

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, by Melinda Gates
I’ve always been a big fan of Melinda Gates, and because she has traveled so extensively working on some of the world’s toughest challenges—from poverty to food insecurity to child marriage—she has so much to share. Through the stories of the women she brings to light, Gates makes an impossible-to-ignore moral case that equality simply cannot wait.