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Education and the Lack of Education in Females

Mindy Grossman, A Board Member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF wrote a letter to the editor of the NY Times part of which is shown here:

Education is the most powerful and effective way to address inequality. Yet 31 million girls of elementary school age are not receiving an education. As girls get older, they become more and more likely to drop out of school. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, only 83 girls for every 100 boys are enrolled in middle and high school.

According to Unicef, if we can keep girls in school past grade 7, they are more likely to marry later, more likely to have an average of 2.2 fewer children, and more likely to see their own children go to school.

An educated girl feels empowered to stand up to abuse and to demand equal treatment. She is worth our collective investment.

MINDY GROSSMAN
National Board Member
U.S. Fund for Unicef

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