"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandella


Education is essential for not only personal development, but societal development as well. UN studies have shown that for each year a woman spends in school her wages increase by 10 percent and reduce infant mortality rates by 5 percent. Additionally, well-educated women tend to educate their children well, creating a systemic increase in education. Moreover, specialized skills are necessary for employment. This section highlights on going efforts to promote female education in the developing world, teachers of law enforcement and other specialized skills, and scholarships available to women interested in law enforcement, diplomacy, or security studies.

Education of girls in developing and transitional countries, traditionally, lags behind that of boys. Two of the United Nation Millennium Development Goals address this issue: promoting gender equality and empowering women and universal education. In 2008, there were 96 girls for every 100 boys enrolled in primary school, 95 girls for ever boy in secondary school. This illustrates the progress that is being made in educating girls. However, women are primarily employed in informal industries such as agriculture. When women are employed in formal industries they are paid less than men. But, as education increases so do wages. Encouraging families to send their girls to schools is quite effective at keeping them in school. The UN runs the Female Secondary School Stipend program in Bangladesh, which provides money to cover their tuition and other costs, provided they are enrolled in school and do not get married until after age 18. Also, the World Food Program provided meals at schools for all students.

Featured Women:

Education of women is also critical in specialized fields, such as law enforcement, diplomacy, and industry. There are academies, universities, and training programs for to gain these skills. Highlighted below are the women that make this happen.

Susan Aaronson

Mary Aiken

Barbara Bergman

Martha Crenshaw

Lauren Fernandez

Julie Gerberding

Anne Gibbon

Jane Harman

Laura Johnson

Martha J. Kanter

Kathleen Kiernan

Vesna Markovic

Montgomery McFate

Denise Natali

Anke Richter

Dorothy M. Schulz

Sarah Sewall

Jennifer Sims

Anne Speckhard

Laurie Van Leuven

Lauren Wollman

Mary D Zalesny













Education and Development Resources:

The United Nations has prioritized eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015, as part of the Millennium Development Goals in an effort to end poverty. Here is an update on the progress that has been made toward that goal.

The UN has also prioritized universal primary education. Here is an update on the work that has been done to ensure that children everyone, boys and girls, have access to a full course of primary schooling by 2015.

The World Bank has also prioritized the education of women and girls across the world. Included in this interactive site are recent publications on the progress that has been made, results of specific programs, and the impact of these programs on the communities they are operating in.


Indian President Mukherjee, on March 5, 2013 noting the importance of girls and women getting an education, and the future effects of their untapped economic power. For the article, see here.

This article discusses a few reasons why school attendance rates are lower for girls than boys in India.

This article gives an update on Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for her outspoken stance on girls’ education in Pakistan.

A report on how the education of girls is changing the world.

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