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Today I’m excited to participate in The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign.
The Girl Effect
is the unique potential of 600 million adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world. Capable of improving the standard of living in the developing world, adolescent girls can serve as change agents but are often overlooked in their societies and in our media. The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign aims to raise grass roots awareness about the importance of investing in girls’ education in the developing world.

Education and learning rank high in my personal list of favorite activities. Seeing statistics like these …

70% of 130 million out-of-school children are girls

25% of girls in the developing world are not in school

96 million girls in developing countries are illiterate

… sadden me as I imagine girls around the world who would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to learn. Watch this short video to hear one young woman’s story.


Girls in the developing world who receive at least seven years of education tend to marry at a later age and have fewer children. This leads to reduced poverty and reduced malnutrition. One study indicates that marrying at a later age can result in reduced incidents of women suffering abuse. When a girl is older upon marriage and childbirth, mortality rates for both mothers and babies decrease. Infants and children of more educated women experience better health overall.

When a girl has just one additional year of primary school, she increases her earning potential by 10 to 20 percent. Add an extra year of secondary school, and her earning potential goes up 15 to 25 percent. Plus women and girls reinvest a whopping 90 percent of their incomes into their families as compared with only 30 to 40 percent of males who do the same.

Just one drop of education investment ripples to improve health, prevent abuse, and improve families and economies. Multiply this by 600 million. Add 600 million drops of social investments and 600 million drops of human rights protections. The resulting picture features ripples upon ripples of positive change—change beyond even our grandest dreams. Change that trickles through families and villages and entire nations. Change that happens because of The Girl Effect.

Read more posts from The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign here. It's not too late to join the 2011 campaign! Sign up here and write your own post during the week of October 4-11.

Sources: In addition to resources and information provided by The Girl Effect, I cited statistics from this publication.