- Delaying marriage. If girls in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia attended secondary school, child marriage would fall by 64 percent.
- Saving lives. Compared to children born to uneducated motehrs, the children of mothers who attended primary school are twice as likely to survive infancy. Survival rates increase even more as mothers' educations continue.
- Reducing family size. When a girl receives seven or more years of education, she will marry four years later and have 2.2 fewer children, on average.
- Increasing wages. Girls who get one more year of schooling than the national average see their wages increase by up to 20 percent.
- Stimulating development. For every 10% increase in girls who go to school, a country's GDP increases an average of 3%.
- Promoting the future. Primary-school educated mothers are twice as likely to send their children to school as uneducated mothers, helping their families break out of the cycle of poverty.
- Protecting health. If all mothers in developing countries had a secondary education, 12 million children could be saved from malnutrition. Educated mothers are also more likely to promote hygiene and seek out vaccination for their children.
- Fostering confidence. Educated women are three times more likely than uneducated women to participate in political activity.
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Data from Women Deliver, Unicef, Clinton Global Initiative, USAID and Reuters.