Now, more than ever before, education is a nuanced and contentious subject in political and social discourse. Teacher unions, standardized testing, excessively high college tuitions and more have become central points of discussion when we talk about the state of education in the U.S.
However, sometimes we seem to forget the most basic concern regarding education: Some people are not getting enough. Specifically young girls and women.
According to data from the World Bank, nearly 92 percent of primary-school aged American children were enrolled in classes in 2012. However, that number drops drastically when looking at an area like sub-Saharan Africa, where only 76.8 percent of the same age group were enrolled in school. Of those children who were not in school, more than 18 million were young girls.
March 8th is International Women's Day. In an effort to both recognize the struggles that women still face when it comes to education -- and celebrate how much they've accomplished -- take a look at the infographic below, brought to you in partnership with Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson currently partners with more than 200 organizations, including Women Deliver, to help moms and babies survive childbirth, and empower women and children who struggle to survive reach their full potential and thrive -- no matter where they live. You can also empower young girls in Guatemala by downloading Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app and uploading a photo to Girl Up, to help support girls education in Guatemala.