The Girl Effect

Girls in ‘Third World’ Live Right Here in the USA

Any week The Girl Effect hits The New York Times is a good week, indeed. Last week The Girl Effect did just that, even though the words were different.

The Women’s Crusade by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is an outstanding article that appeared in The New York Times on Sunday, August 23. If you haven’t read it, it is well worth your time. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/magazine/23Women-t.html#). It is actually several stories within a story. Staggering statistics of genocide based on gender. Profiles of individual girls and women who overcame abuse, poverty, lack of education, societal stigma—enormous odds—then improved their own lives and lives of those around them. The authors also offer some seemingly simple solutions, such as equipping girls to handle menstruation as a means of staying in school and showing governments with straight forward data and statistics that gender inequity significantly harms economic growth and is the “center piece of poverty.” Surely, this is The Girl Effect.

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