There are 600 million adolescent girls in
the developing world. When they benefit, so
does everyone in society.

Girls as economic actors can bring about change for
themselves, their families, and their countries. Conversely,
ignoring the girl effect can cost societies billions in
lost potential.

Here are the facts.

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or
more years of education, she marries four years later, on
average, and has 2.2 fewer children.

An extra year in primary school statistically boosts girls'
future wages by 10% to 20%, and every additional year a
girl spends in secondary school lifts her income by 15%
to 25%. The size of a country's economy is in no small part
determined by the educational attainment and skill sets
of its girls.

Young women have a 90% probability of investing their
earned income back into their families, while the likelihood
of men doing the same is only 30% to 40%.

A girl's school attainment is linked to her own health and
well-being, as well as reduced death rates: For every
additional year of schooling, a mother's mortality is
significantly reduced, and the infant mortality rate of her
children declines by 5% to 10%.

If educated, girls can get loans, start businesses, employ
other women, and reinvest in their families — when they're
ready to have them. That means their children can also have an education.

The girl effect is the same the world over. Yet even though
this is well known, girls as a group still receive less than 0.5% of official development assistance. To unleash the potential power of girls on economic development, further action is needed, including protecting their security and meeting their basic needs. When we do this, girls could have the
opportunity to create a ripple effect of positive social and economic change.

From ‘Girl Effect’ Can Lift the Global Economy, by Alyson Warhurst
Business Week, April 2009

Forgirlsake, Inc. is a grassroots movement bringing girls and women together
  to support and educate girls
in need. Whether it be through books or computers, school scholarships or
building materials, Forgirlsake strives to make a measurable impact on girls’
lives and their communities around the world.

Girls and women are foundational to the fabric of any healthy society. And yet all too often they
face barriers to fully realizing their potential either as individuals or as members of their communities.
By providing girls with educational opportunities, they are in a stronger position to achieve their
goals and help in their community development.

In the early 1990s, the United Nations and the World Bank began to appreciate the potential resource
that women and girls represent. As stated by Lawrence Summers when he was chief economist
of the World Bank, "Investment in girls' education may well be the highest-return investment available
in the developing world. The question is not whether countries can afford this investment, but whether
countries can afford not to educate more girls."*

Forgirlsake is passionate about supporting girls’ empowerment and promoting lasting, meaningful
and positive change — change that can help to build healthier populations, thriving communities,
sustainable economies, and most importantly, a more equitable and secure world.

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*Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn