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WOMEN: Empowerment good for the world

Letter by Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton on April 11, 2011 at 10:41 am with 4 Comments »
April 11, 2011 12:11 pm

I read with interest Kathleen Parker’s opinion piece on women’s rights in foreign policy (TNT, 4-5). She quoted an anonymous senior White House official who said, regarding women’s rights: “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project.”

Special interest, indeed! It’s a human rights issue.

More than two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. Larry Summers, President Obama’s chief economic adviser has asserted that “educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment we can make in the developing world.”

For every year of schooling that a girl has beyond grades three or four, there’s a 10 percent birth rate decline, and she earns 20 percent higher wages over her lifetime. Poor women universally tend to invest their money first into their children’s health and well-being.

People of voting age with a primary education are 1 1/2 times more likely to support democracy than people with no education. Studies show that increasing the percentage of children in school by just 10 percent decreased the likelihood of conflict in that country.

No country has reached sustained economic growth without achieving near universal primary education. Developing countries are a significant growth market for U.S exports.

Translation: Empowering women empowers us all.

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  1. Excellent letter! It’s really hard to wrap our heads around just how poorly girls are treated/educated througout the world, given how well girls/women are treated in our society.

  2. We treat them so well we pay them $0.77 for every $1.00 we pay a male for the same job.

    Unless they are Black/Latino – then it is only $0.66.

  3. fake polls snail. Comparing job to job the numbers are very different. You continue to fail to acknowledge that many women choose to work part-time, or lesser demanding jobs to have time with their children. Women are amazing. Compassionate, loving, dedicated-we all can learn a lot from paying attention to good mothers around us. Every child should have a mother that loves them, and puts them first. Imagine how much better our world would be.

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