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The Girl Effect

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. (United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990) Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers. …

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The Girl Effect

As a follow-up to Mountains Beyond Mountains, I’ve just started reading Nicholas Kristof’s and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky, a book whose main premise is that the education and empowerment of girls and women is the key to combating poverty and extremism.  And the introduction chapter is simply named: The Girl Effect. Adolescent girls are …

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32 Things no. 14

So, here’s a little announcement: Starting in the fall, I’ll be pursuing my PhD, here in Germany. Wow, I still get a kick out of saying that.  I was awarded a fellowship that will cover me for three years of doctoral work within a very focused environment. (This is a huge bonus, since I’m pretty …

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