Nelson Mandela famously stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We strongly resonate with this statement, as witnessed through our actions of educating children, and believe it holds even more true for changing the world of women.
Unfortunately, female education does not get enough attention and is of critical value for elevating and empowering nations and generations to come. Therefore, we have highlighted 5 reasons to emphasize how important educating women is:
1. Women reinvest 90% of their income in their families; men reinvest 30-40% (The World Bank).
2. When 10% more of its girls go to school, a country's GDP increases an average of 3% (USAID).
3. Educating a girl through at least the fifth grade results in later marriage, fewer children, and a reduction in HIV/AIDS. She is more likely to seek medical care, find employment, gain access to credit, and vote (UN Development Group: MDG #2).
4. Women’s representation in governments makes a difference. Research on panchayats (local councils) in India discovered that the number of drinking water projects in areas with female-led councils was 62 percent higher than in those with male-led councils. In Norway, a direct causal relationship between the presence of women in municipal councils and childcare coverage was found (UN Women).
5. Women’s leadership matters. An analysis of Fortune 500 companies found that those with the greatest representation of women in management positions delivered a total return to shareholders that was 34 percent higher than for companies with the lowest representation (UN Women).
Women have been the backbone of the economy for many nations and for many years. The best way to underline how essential educating women is through the words of Brigham Young; “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
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