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The Girl Effect

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Here are some statistics that should make everyone pause:

  • Today, more than 600 million girls live in the developing world.
  • Approximately one quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.
  • One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15.
  • An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.
  • When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.

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Written by Rahul Abhyankar

May 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm