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Mothers’ Education Helps Babies

JRF | Jan 25 2011 |

In addition to car seats, kid scissors, and sugarless apple juice, there is another way moms can help their children. According to a recent study, "half the reduction in child mortality over the past 40 years can be attributed to the better education of women."

"For every one-year increase in the average education of reproductive-age women, a country experienced a 9.5% decrease in child deaths."

Improving education helps mothers worldwide become more aware of the importance of sanitation practices and how to provide safe drinking water for their children, which is especially vital in areas with limited access to clean water.

Education also generally increases a woman's financial ability to visit the doctor when a child is sick and to have access to disease-prevention measures like vaccines.

Exciting news: Research from The University of Washington shows a growth in the average years of schooling for females from 3.5 in 1970 to slightly above 7 in 2009. In addition, 2009 research revealed that "women were more educated than men in 87 countries, including nearly all the rich ones."

Cheers to all the women making the world a better place through education!

To view the full article from The Washington Post click here.

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Fully Unlock the Economic Potential of Women

JRF | Jan 18 2011 |

As a scholarship provider for low-income women 35 and older, we hear so many inspiring stories from our scholars. Women who overcame numerous obstacles and juggled countless responsibilities to earn their degrees are now financially stable and helping others achieve their goals, too.

In 1970, women received only 40% of bachelor’s degrees, now it’s almost 60% in the U.S.  Not only that, women make up just under half of the total employees working for Fortune 500 companies.

Hidden behind these facts, however, are some statistics that seem like they should be dated decades ago. The Joint Economic Committee did a study that revealed that at the same Fortune 500 companies women only account for 15.7% of the board seats and 2.4% of chief executives. Not surprisingly then, women are still earning less than their male counterparts, 20 - 25% less, with women age 50+ experiencing the largest discrepancies in pay. Another alarming statistic that the JEC found is that women are penalized 2.5% of pay per child, while fathers see nearly the same amount in additional earnings. Over a career that could cost a hard working lady $430,000!

Women have been pushing past barriers to pursue education, but there are still inconsistencies when it comes to pay. JEC Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney agrees, "We still have a ways to go to eliminate the pay gap and to achieve true economic equality. To really rev up the U.S. engine of economic growth, we need to finally and fully unlock the economic potential of women."

Some suggestions on how to make economic improvements include:

•    A fair pay bill
•    More work on health care reform
•    Financial regulatory reform laws

To learn more, check out this article from The Hill or review the full PDF report from the JEC here.

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