Education Differences Decreasing
Worldwide, women aged 25 to 34 have an average of 9.09 years of schooling, and men have 10.21. This is based on Health Data estimates from 188 countries. The difference between genders is not nearly as large as what people think.
Girls’ education goes beyond just getting girls into primary school. Girls who complete all levels of education learn the skills to effectively compete in the labor market. They gain the socio-emotional and life skills necessary to navigate and adapt to a changing world. Educated women make decisions about their own lives and can better contribute to their communities and the world.
Better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, and marry at a later age. They can provide better health care and education for their children, should they choose to become mothers. All these factors combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty.