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When Melinda Gates handed Mehul Smriti Raje an award for her work supporting women in technology it was the fulfillment of a long-held wish.

Raje, a Harvard graduate student from Patna, India, had wanted to meet Gates since watching the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invest in the health-care system in her home city.

Raje grew up in a supportive household — one that emphasized education. She was encouraged to dream big, and was mostly unaware of gender biases until her first co-ed classes in…