When women have more education, they make more informed decisions for their families and contribute more to economic growth.
Increased educational attainment for girls is correlated with better national economic growth, family health, and family financial stability.
Women’s education levels impact their family finances and their country's economic growth.
In the US, it is projected that women will inherit 70% of future wealth over the course of the next two generations and by 2030 it’s estimated that women will possess about two-thirds of the nation’s wealth3. It is critical that women are equipped with the skills needed to manage this wealth and to fully participate and benefit from the economy.
Higher educational outcomes for women can have far-reaching impacts on health outcomes for their families.
A study of 175 countries from 1970 to 2009 found that increasing women’s education is responsible for more than 50% reduction in under-five child mortality4.
Higher levels of education lead to higher agricultural outputs, meaning more economic return and better food security.
In many countries, women play a significant role in managing agricultural production for sustenance and income.
A study of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda found that educational opportunities through farmer field schools increased the value of crops and livestock, as well as resulted in a 61 percent increase in income5.
At WoWE we understand the power of educating girls and women. A grant investment in buildOn expands educational opportunities for women in Haiti.
Women are solution-drivers as bricklayers who build the physical schools, school administrators and teachers, as well as literacy students. Women from this program use their literacy and numeracy skills to build the local economy’s resilience by starting small businesses that address local challenges. The grant investment combines access to education with seed capital into the businesses leading to transformational change for the communities.
1. Wodon, Quentin; Montenegro, Claudio; Nguyen, Hoa; Onagoruwa, Adenike. 2018. Missed Opportunities : The High Cost of Not Educating Girls. The Cost of Not Educating Girls Notes Series. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/29956 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
4. Gakidou, Emmanuela, et al. 2010. “Increased Educational Attainment and Its Effect on Child Mortality in 175 Countries Between 1970 and 2009: A Systematic Analysis.” The Lancet 376, no. 9745: 959–74.
5. Davis, K., et al. 2012. “Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in East Africa.” World Development 40, no. 2: 402–13.