The Facts


Education and investment in girls creates an upward spiral that lasts beyond their lifetime, breaking the cycle of poverty in just one generation.

However, girls face significant barriers to their education and success.

Her Challenges

  • More than 130 Million girls do not attend school (UNESCO, 2016)
  • 7 in 10 girls do not think they are good enough (Dove Self Esteem Fund, 2008)
  • 1 in 3 girls in the developing world are married before age 18 (UNICEF, 2015)
  • Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, and yet earn only 10% of the world’s income.
  • Globally, one third of women report having experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. (World Health Organization, 2016)

Her Potential

  • Each extra year of secondary school can help a girl increase their future earnings by 10-20% (USAID, 2015)
  • Girls who complete secondary school are up to 6x less likely to marry as children. (USAID, 2015)
  • With each additional year of a mother’s education, the probability of infant mortality drops by 5%-10%. (USAID, 2015)
  • Women and girls reinvest 90% of their income back into their families and communities, compared to only 30-40% for men and boys. (Nike Foundation, 2009)
  • An educated woman has the skills, information and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker and citizen.