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01/23/2015 12:50 pm ET Updated Jan 28, 2015

Empowering Women And Girls Is The Key To Ending Poverty, And Here Are Numbers To Prove It

The lives of people in some of the world's poorest countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In their 2015 annual letter, which was published on Thursday, the Gates not only made that bold prediction but also noted that investing in women’s health and education will play a key role in the growth of prosperous communities and nations.

For instance, if women’s level of employment matched men’s over the next 15 years on a global scale, the gross domestic product (GDP) worldwide would go up by 12 percent, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Yes, worldwide.

How exactly does that data break down? Check out the video above and/or read the transcript below for a two-minute explanation, made in a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Huffington Post.

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Watch Melinda Gates explain how women's education can boost the global economy in the HuffPost Live interview below.

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