Smart Girls Make the World Better
Oprah was once asked why it was imperative that adolescent girls be given the opportunity to be educated. Her answer was, “When you educate a girl, you change the trajectory of her life. And not just her life – You start to affect her family, her community, & her nation. When you educate a girl, that girl becomes a woman who understands the value of an education and educates her children.”
Education to a girl is not only crucial to her professional future but her emotional future as well. An educated woman is less likely to be poor, less likely to contract Sexually Transmitted Diseases and less likely to be a victim of sexual exploitation.
According to Ambassador Melanne Verveer, educating women is crucial for gender-equality as well as to address the demands of the 21st Century. Research shows that one additional year of primary school for girls can increase future wages up to 20% in their future while an extra year of secondary school can do so by 25%.
Marissa Mayer, a Stanford University graduate and the VP of Location and Local Services at Google, stated, “My education made me curious and confident, and those traits have enabled me to help others. Education really piques my curiosity – I’ve always been very curious by nature – but in school, I learned how that curiosity could be rewarded.” She continues by saying, “it is that confidence that has allowed me to work not as a woman but as a ‘geek’ at Google. In male-dominated industries like technology, women need role models to progress. Women role models and mentors helped me build my confidence, and I now hope to do my small part by doing the same for other young woman.” Women like Mayer are the living proof that women who are educated live happier and more fulfilled lives. They find their voice in a male-dominant world and in male-dominant fields such as technology.
Educated women find happiness professionally, personally and emotionally. Gaining education allows women to expand their innate abilities into the communities they belong to. Therefore, their education becomes a gift to all human beings.