Advancing Girls' Education

Project Expert

Rachel Vogelstein

Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

About the Project

The education of girls has long been considered one of the single most effective development investments that can be made. Providing girls with quality education not only empowers them throughout their lives, but also has ripple effects across generations. Studies have shown that educated mothers are more likely to immunize their children and protect them from chronic disease. Research also suggests a relationship between increases in girls' secondary education and economic growth. However, too many girls lack access to a safe, quality education, particularly at the secondary level, despite the development gains correlated with girls' education. Through roundtable meetings, panel discussions, and op-eds, I discuss how girls' education advances U.S. interests and highlight strategies to reduce barriers to girls' education.