Every person in this world has the right to learn and have a proper education regardless of their gender, nationality, ethnicity. Unfortunately, in many countries across the world young women miss out on school and education.
According to the statistics stated by the United Nations Women, “just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school, and women also receive lower wages for the same work” as men. (Source: FAO, 2011. “The State of Food and Agriculture: Women in Agriculture, Closing the Gender Gap for Development.)
Despite the great difference between men and women in education and the workplace, some studies proved that investing in women can have a positive impact on the community, family, and economy in general.
When a company offers support and a positive environment for women, they tend to provide the same support and a positive environment for any other person without any discrimination. In addition to that, according to a survey done by the Harvard Business Review, women tend to have better and higher leadership skills than men; they are “thought to be more effective in 84% of the competencies”.
More research was worked on by the Harvard Business School, which showed that when the mother is educated and working, she will influence the kids. These girls will then pursue their studies and aim to get a job and to be independent. According to the research, “daughters of employed mothers are 1.21 times more likely to be employed, 1.29 times more likely to supervise others, spend 44 additional minutes at work per week, and have higher annual earnings”. Women in the workplace contribute to the community by being a perfect example for their daughters and other women, support their colleagues, and are good leaders.
Educating girls reduces inequality, strengthens the economy by having them invest more, and lowers the rate of early age marriage. In many countries, young girls get married at a young age and miss out on their education; this increases the rate of health complications and increases the rate of uneducated women. By educating them, we’ll be investing in them to be part of society and being independent.
Invest in your girls, motivate them, and push them to follow their dreams and achieve them.