Milk vs Soda
Many of us saw the moment in the documentary Half the Sky, based on the book by Nick Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn when Olivia Wilde asked as she walked through city streets in Kenya: "Who buys the soda?" The answer was men--women buy the milk and men buy the soda. This struck me, and I believe it tells the story of women and their impact on the world all on its own. It is estimated that when girls get an education, as women, they invest 90 percent of the income they earn back into their families-men invest 30-40 percent. UNESCO has found that each extra year of schooling that a girl receives boosts her future income by 10-20 percent (15-25 percent if the extra year is in secondary). This makes a strong case for girls' education as a tool for development.
October 11, 2012 is the first ever International Day of the Girl. Declared by the United Nations, this day is an international rallying point for the power of women and girls. Do your part, and Act for Girls!
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• An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10-20%. An extra year of secondary school: 15-25%. #dayofthegirl @GCE_US
• When girls are educated, as women, they reinvest 90 percent of their income into their families. #dayofthegirl @GCE_US
• Each day, women & girls spend over 150 million hrs collecting water, globally,-not leaving much time for education. #dayofthegirl @GCE_US
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Take Action through our partners:
Take part in 10x10's #BasicMath campaign! Because Girls+Education=?
Watch 10x10's film teaser for their feature film, Girl Rising
Take action with Plan International's "Because I'm a Girl" campaign
Join the Day of the Girl Virtual Summit on October 11, 2012!
Send a letter to Secretary Clinton in support of ending child marriage.
Help to "Name the Game" by Decode Global that highlights the impact a lack of clean water has on girls education.