Educating one girl changes, well, everything. Here's why:
- When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
- An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.
- When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
When we invest in girls -- we all win. Our communities are stronger. Our families are healthier. And our collective future is brighter.
More Than Me, an organization that gets girls off the streets and into school, needs you. They're competing in a contest sponsored by JPMorgan Chase bank, which is giving away $3 million to charities through a Facebook vote. "If we win that, it's a game-changer," says Katie Meyler, their founder.
We live in a complex world. And having an impact is not always simple. This is. Help Abigail and 99 other girls get off the street and into school with just one click: http://bit.ly/rUKTyh
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