A version of this post originally published in February 2015. We reposted it in celebration of International Women’s Day and to provide some exciting Unreasonable updates. Though it took longer than expected, the Unreasonable Capital fund officially launched in January 2016, and we confirm that 100% of our investments will track impact on women and girls in poverty. Stay tuned, as we also plan to roll out a series of stories catching up with all of the Girl Effect Accelerator companies in the coming months.

Today, with so many initiatives focused around women and girls, the conversations around the importance of gender dynamics may feel trendy. I agree. That said, I’m writing this post because I believe this trend is warranted, it’s accurate, and it needs to pick up momentum and transform from a trend to a movement. We have a long way to go in convincing the world about the importance of investing in women and girls globally. Yes, a lot of people are talking about it, but in my mind, not nearly enough.

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Focusing our efforts on women and girls, especially those living in poverty, is critical if we are ever going to have a chance at living in a world in which no one is limited by their circumstances. I would argue there is possibly nothing more important that we can rally behind.

Let me answer the question, “Why women and girls?”

It is estimated that 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty1 and are more likely than boys to be uneducated, married at a young age, and exposed to HIV/AIDS. Why should you care? Here are a few statistics from the Girl Effect Factsheet that help illuminate the situation.

  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.2 Yet, in 19 sub-Saharan African countries, secondary school completion rates for adolescent girls fall below 5%.3
  • Worldwide, nearly 50% of all sexual assaults are against girls aged 15 years or younger.4 There is a strong correlation between sexual assaults and prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, 76% of young people aged 15-25 who live with HIV in sub-saharan Africa are female.
  • Girls from poor families are nearly twice as likely to marry before 18 than girls from wealthier families.5 This is concerning in multiple dimensions. For example, child brides have a pregnancy death rate double that of women in their twenties.6

Although international development plays a critical role in changing these dynamics, less than two cents of every international development dollar goes to girls. All of this makes me believe we need to start aggressively looking at new solutions and experimenting with new models, independent of international development, to drive more resources to women and girls in poverty.

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Moving beyond “why” and focusing on “how”

But talking about the importance of removing constraints for women and girls isn’t enough. Though this conversation is important, it’s time we also go beyond explaining “why” and begin to experiment to better understanding “how.” How we can most effectively impact women and girls in poverty? At Unreasonable, we are doing our best to put our money, actions and focus where our mouth is, and we are always looking for collaborators in the process =).

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In November 2014, we launched the Girl Effect Accelerator in partnership with the Nike Foundation (watch the TED-style presentations of the participating entrepreneurs here). This was the world’s first accelerator dedicated to working with entrepreneurs who are positioned to measurably benefit millions of women and girls in poverty (and we really mean it).

Our goal with this partnership was to work with the fastest moving startups in emerging markets who are keen to put a dent on poverty and align their trajectory around key issues that affect women and girls in poverty—issues that their business is uniquely positioned to take on. Each of the ten participating companies agreed to measure their impact on women and girls on a quarterly basis and into perpetuity.

We need to bake in the measurement of how all of our companies at Unreasonable affect women and girls in poverty—not just some of them. Tweet This Quote

We are just now identifying their measurable impact on girls. This data, combined with ongoing conversations with the companies, will allow us to begin to pull insights from our entrepreneurs, further identifying scalable solutions to meet the needs of millions of girls. In the process, we will discover patterns for what is working and equally as important, what is not.

An accelerator isn’t enough

When we were first in conversations with the Nike Foundation around launching the Girl Effect Accelerator, we were thinking of launching a distinct fund devoted exclusively to investing into companies already positioned to benefit girls in poverty. However, upon further reflection, we realized that launching a sidecar fund focused on girls, though impactful, was the wrong posture.

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Instead, we must bake in the measurement of how all Unreasonable companies affect women and girls in poverty. In May, when my partner Ashok Reddy and I launch Unreasonable Capital, we have agreed to ask 100% of investments in our portfolio to track a core metric highlighting impact on women and girls in poverty.

Yes, there’s always more that can be done and yes, and it will be difficult to draw direct lines of attributable impact for all of our companies. But at a base level, we believe that what you measure is an indicator of what you value. And what you measure will ultimately change behavior.

It’s just the beginning

This is just the beginning for us. We are new to the space of looking at how for-profit entrepreneurs can have a meaningful and measurable impact on the issues surrounding women and girls in poverty. What’s beautiful is we are not alone in this endeavor. As just one example of many, a new series of accelerators oriented around the needs of girls has recently launched called SPRING. SPRING will be launching it’s first regional accelerator in Nairobi this summer and has plans to spread across Africa and cross-continentally in the years to come.

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In reality, we are standing on the shoulders of giants. We would have never been able to launch the Girl Effect Accelerator without our co-founders at the Nike Foundation, who brought over a decade of experience and expertise around working with girls in poverty to the program. In short, although Unreasonable is entering this space humbly, we are doing so with ardent conviction. We are here to stay. We are hungry to learn. And we are looking to collaborate and conspire with anyone interested in changing the statistics that unjustly burden girls in poverty.

So is focusing efforts on women and girls a trend? For all of our sakes, I desperately hope so, and I hope it is a trend that lasts.

1. http://www.girleffect.org/about/
2. Levine, Ruth, Cynthia B. Lloyd, Margaret Greene, and Caren Grown. Girls Count a Global Investment & Action Agenda: A Girls Count Report on Adolescent Girls’, Center for Global Development. Girls Count, 2009, http://www.

3. Lloyd, Cynthia and Juliet Young. ‘New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls’. Population Council 2009 pp. 23. Retrieved 25 March 2011 from http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/2009PGY_NewLessons.pdf
4. Garcia-Moreno, Claudia; Jansen, Henrica; Ellsberg, Mary; Lori Heise and Charlotte Watts. ‘Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women’. World Health Organization 2005. Retrieved from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2005/924159358X_eng.pdf
5. ICRW 2007 – Knot Ready, p9. Accessed on Aug 30 2012, http://www.icrw.org/files/publications/Knot-Ready-Lessons-from-Indiaon-Delaying-Marriage-for-Girls.pdf
6. Bruce, Judith. Reaching The Girls Left Behind: Targeting Adolescent Programming for Equity, Social Inclusion, Health, and Poverty Alleviation. Prepared for: ‘Financing Gender Equality; a Commonwealth Perspective,’ Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers’ Meeting, Uganda, June 2007, http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/Bruce2007CommonwealthFullText.pdf

About the author

Daniel Epstein

Daniel Epstein

Daniel has an obsession. He believes to his core in the potential of entrepreneurship to solve the greatest challenges of this century and he has dedicated his life accordingly. Today, he is the founder of the Unreasonable Group, of the Unreasonable Institute and a number of other "Unreasonable" companies.

  • I agree that it would be nice to have a more level playing field with regard to gender equality. I spent 2 years in an engineering program, and most of my classes had, at most, one girl in them. I don’t know if the general lack of interest in so-called “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, and math) exhibited by most of the girls I know is cultural or biological in cause. I will leave that to the psychologists to figure out. Certainly, there are some very noteworthy women in STEM who shatter the stereotype. I respect that people have varied interests and I don’t look down on girls who have what are perceived to be traditionally feminine interests (my wife is one of them). I don’t think society should look down on them, either. As the saying goes, “it takes all kinds”.

    I am bit trepidatious about this recent trend to push girls into the STEM disciplines. I am living proof that STEM isn’t for everyone – it looks a lot more fun from the outside. Once you’re actually doing it, one realized just how tedious and soulless it actually is. Some of the programs I’ve seen recently entice girls into STEM with fun things like 3D printers. In reality, they may not get to touch anything remotely that cool at the university, as academia generally lags about a decade behind the industry. There’s a huge bait-and-switch that happens, and I for one was quite annoyed by it. If I’m wrong, and these programs really are beneficial, great – but then I question the fairness of excluding boys purely on the basis of gender, which is the very definition of gender discrimination.

    I am admittedly looking at this from a very “first world” perspective, so my commentary may seem out of place on a site that is apparently dedicated to improving conditions in the third world. I am speaking of the wider trend to push girls into STEM, which seems to be in full swing here in the U.S. The rationale underlying these programs is an enthymematic one, with an unstated premise being that “girls are less capable of choosing their own career paths than are boys”. I happen to disagree with that statement. Everyone has to choose a career path, but what’s good for one person may not be good for the next. What makes me happy might make you miserable, and vice-versa. If it turns out that girls are happier (generally speaking) doing a different set of things than what boys are happy doing, great. At the end of the day, it’s all about what you feel inspired to do. In the immortal words of Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I’m for encouraging girls to do whatever inspires them, whether it’s cosmology or cosmetology, because happy, inspired people are the key to a booming economy, and a booming economy is the key to improved lifestyles and a general sense of optimism for everyone.

  • milleram97

    I think it’s really great that issues like this are being brought to the surface.
    In a world that stresses “equality for all”, there are so many situations where that is not being properly executed, if at all.
    The whole line “hit like a girl” is one example of how as a society, we’ve downplayed women’s strengths and expected the “weaker sex” to be fine with that.
    This unfairness is also seen in education, employment, and general opinions.

    There are many able-bodied women in the world that have done amazing things, and continue to on a daily basis. The notion that the gym is a place for men, fashion an ideal for women and that maybe there will be a common ground somewhere-like parenting, is completely invalid. Obviously men and women are different physically, but where does that end and the similarities begin?
    What about Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and Carrie Underwood-all women who had to fight to make their spot and impact in the world, even if not everyone agrees with their personality.
    In light of poverty, it is something that shouldn’t be seen as a stumbling block but as a stepping stone to help others have a better life. The fact that such a powerhouse company like Nike (and others that were not mentioned) are pushing for help is great. Maybe if people would see that this is not as issue that should be taken lightly, and that is still very prevalent will cause a ripple effect worldwide.

  • Mallory Benham

    I have been questioning this topic for a while. Why focus on just girls while there is the whole society that needs help? This article explains it very well that girls are the beginning of change.

  • Stephanie Cox

    Daniel, I appreciate your post and all that you all are doing at Unreasonable.
    I think what you mean by trend is a change big enough to influence society – and this will take decades and span generations.
    Versus a fad or something “trendy.” Women/girls aren’t a fad – not something that will go out of style like parachute pants or cutsie start-up names.
    Trend is a cultural shift.
    I get weary sometimes by all the talk about measuring. Does anyone measure effects on boys and men? Doesn’t Nike say, “Just Do It?”
    I sometimes wish the dollars would go more toward doing than analyzing and measuring. But, you seriously can’t and shouldn’t measure “into perpetuity.” You’ll bankrupt your startups.
    Women are often the innovators and entrepreneurs – they just don’t get the shout out for what they do. Glad your “accelerating” them. Train them in business skills. Produce what women will buy. We already know what will improve their lives. Women have always been “doing.” I think we have enough data — and now we just need to Do It. By the way, a great book I’d recommend about women entrepreneurship in the face of adversity is The Dressmaker of Khair Khan.

  • Hey Mallory. This is a great point. I don’t think that focusing efforts on girls is exclusionary at all from affecting boys. In fact, it can’t be as issues facing boys and girls are often shared and inextricably linked. That said, if our interest is in ending poverty, then I think it’s critical for us to align efforts and measure how our efforts are in creating change for women and girls in poverty… If we don’t, then I fear the trend of them being disproportionally left behind will continue

  • pcutinelli

    the attention towards girls and woman everywhere is a just cause because for many of them in different societies they do not have the freedoms and liberties to grow and develop in the business world. We know the innovations that can come from intelligent women, and providing more and more of them with educations and health can better the world.

  • epmcinty

    The points in this article are very valid. It is not just opinion, it is pure facts that indicate the struggles that women face across the globe (primarily in poor countries). Denying those facts is almost as ignorant as denying the existence of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, etc. Although issues like these seem to be improving more or less, the issues and limitations women face globally, especially in poverty-stricken countries, is showing otherwise. It is undeniable that a lot of these women suffer from sexual assaults, lack of education and equal opportunities, and other limited options/struggles in their lifetimes that men do not encounter nearly as frequently. I admire Unreasonable and the efforts they are putting forth in these Girl Effect Accelerators. Looking forward to the upcoming progress!

  • Totally agree with what you are saying here Stephanie. Especially in regards to this not being trendy or a fad. That’s exactly what I was trying to get at…

    I do think though that we don’t have much data at all on “how” startups are positioned to impact girls in poverty specifically. This to me is incredibly important knowing the broader goal at Unreasonable of “putting poverty in a museum” (to steal the words of Yunus). That said, how measurement is normally done is taxing, expensive, and distracting. We are working with our companies with the hopes of making this light weight and baked into their regular operations and reporting. To be determined, but I do agree that if not done in a light-weight way, collecting this data will ultimately fail

  • Jack Strader

    Hey Daniel I really liked your article and I think you have made some amazing points as to what some of the major problems are with getting this accelerator to make a broader impact and how important, if not crucial, the data is in making a long lasting and sustainable impact for women and girls everywhere.

    My questions are what can the companies that Unreasonable is working with do to collect and analyze the data that you’re referring to? Would it be more helpful if Unreasonable partnered up with a data analytics company that is trying to help in making an impact in the world? And would having an open source data base that all the companies that partner with Unreasonable log their data about their specific causes into, help make an impact in the data dilemma we’re facing?

    Thank you.

  • amykahl8

    It’s easy to think that today women and men are equal, but that isn’t even the case. Yes a lot of things are better for women in certain parts of the world, but a lot of things are worse too. Women are sold into sex slavery, and if they are moms, that means their kids aren’t taken care of most of the time. I think this is one of the most important movements because if you don’t start with keeping women healthy, there’s nothing else that will matter.

  • Matthew Montoya

    I think this was an outstanding post and needed to be communicated. As I have grown up, and even during my college career, whenever the subject of gender inequality and specific issues regarding women have been brought up, I have notice a slight disconnect from the topic, specifically from fellow men. This is not to say that many of the people I know are not genuine caring individuals, but that this particular topic brings to bear a “this again” kind of feeling. I have always been frustrated as to why some argue the issue is important, but that it will last forever.

    I agree with this article in that it is time to step up to the plate and make this issue more than just a fad type of conversation. It is time that men (myself included), and women to treat this issue as an important issue that has the potential to change the lives of our daughters and women in ours and others families. This is not to say that women do not feel strongly about the cause, this was more to note that this movement needs collective collaborative efforts from both men and women.

    I was raised by a single mother who did everything in her power to give me a better life. Even though some may find that to be cliche, that was my reality. All to often I saw my moms struggles at work, before she became disabled, and witnessed just how unimportant her struggles were to most of society. It is time we change this reality for so many women. This including women who simply need a change to succeed. We DO need to treat this issue with the highest of importance, because it is time we stop allowing women to be treated unequally for NO REASON!

    I am so glad this article not only pointed out the why the issue is important, but the how in terms how this movement should progress. I am excited to see how the series on Unreasonable regarding the Girl Effect Accelerator continues, but I am also excited to see and be a part of a movement that extends much more into making a real difference for women and those who deserve to be treated with dignity and with equality.

    I know to a degree this may have read like a rant, but I am simply trying to communicate that this is an important issue that we cannot continue to ignore.

  • malopez93

    Though I think this is a great topic and over the past week I have watched some great presentations about how people from all over are able to make lives better for women and younger women specifically. I do worry about the young boys as well. It is easier for people to talk about women and young girls facing sex slavery, and HIV, and extreme poverty. Before I go further I want to make clear that these are all major issues and ones that I don’t think should be taken lightly, I do still believe all these issues effect young boys as well. I believe that even though girls get sold or kidnapped into sex slavery, I believe boys are sometimes the victims as well. I just hope that eventually it becomes more about the young, dependent, VULNERABLE, people and families, and less about gender. If boys aren’t affected the same way, they still are effected. They might be raised by men who brainwash them into believing taking advantage of women is ok. They might be raised where abuse is ok. Though they aren’t the same issue, they are fuel to the fire that each side can and are being affected from.

    Again I hope no one thinks that I don’t want to help women and young girls, it is just that I know everyone is suffering somehow.

  • karnold001

    I completely agree with you. What I have a hard time understanding is why it is so hard for these movements to spread? Women’s suffrage and poverty has been a long existing problem, yet we have hardly done anything about it. Imagine if it was you, your sister, or your mother who lived in poverty and weren’t given the same opportunities as the men in the community and how upsetting it would be. It may seem like this issue is not directly effecting our lives but it is an issue that cannot be ignored any longer.

  • kbell003

    I really like the idea that an accelerator is not enough. Girls around the world are disadvantage and could use some serious help, but not always help in a monetary way. A great movement that can easily be spread around the world is women’s empowerment. Just telling women that they can rise above their current situation and do whatever they dream.

  • JuanFonseca1995

    Women are the future of the world we live in, I think it’s time to heal our women and be real to our women. We must break away from the old male-dominated society and usher in a new one where young women are well-educated and free from prejudice and unjust treatment. Many women don’t even get the education that average males do and if women were in school longer, the statistics validate that women will have better lives if they are in school longer and their future will be brighter. We must end poverty by having women immerse themselves into education by Nike and other organizations providing programs and many other educational resources for women to receive the education they want. Nike must be all in on this educate women movement because if we want progress in our society, we must try a new approach, due to the old one we have been using for decades. Press play, don’t press pause and remember to support the education of poverty stricken women cause! Women only get one life to live, so why not make it a memorable one. You have a mind, so why not think big!

  • Jenny Lynn Shaver

    I believe at the very root of this issue is how a culture values women. It’s easy to forget that most women are treated as a trade-able commodity throughout the rest of the world. Most young girls can only hope to find a husband young or they will end up in the sex industry or on the streets. A husband often ensures a roof over their heads and food on the table. If you are going to invest into young girls, then there needs to be a place for them to go after education. It’s easy to think that the only thing that stands against a third-world-woman is education, and that giving her an education will solve the problem. But the culture she lives in must also be willing to employ her, to allow her to be in the industry she chooses, and treat her fairly in that environment. Otherwise, you are fostering and cultivating a new generation of women with no where to go but back to the proverbial kitchen.

  • Teresa Joyce

    Daniel, this is amazing work you are doing for these women and girls. I hope this works for them because everyone needs someone to say, “life can be better”. One person’s courage to help change a life is another’s future. I look forward to hearing more about this project, and the lives it has helped.

  • sadeakindele

    I agree, just because things are better for women now than in years past doesn’t mean there isn’t still a steep hill to climb. I think this article does a good job of explaining how uplifting women and girls doesn’t just help them individually, but rather has the potential of bettering entire societies and addressing problems such as population growth and the spread of HIV/AIDS. One key point that was missed here, however, is that women are more likely to spread the wealth they earn to their entire family more-so than men which is another incentive to invest in them.

  • Arnthor Kristinsson

    I think this article explains really well the problems a lot of girls and women have to face. Also for why it important to focus on women and girls. However I didn’t really understand how these girls are being helped. There wasn’t a lot of information about what is being done to help focus on females or how it has been working. The companies are helping with the needs of females around the world, which is great, but what is it that they are really doing?

  • mpierson19

    I really appreciated that the article didn’t just touch on the issue and why it is an issue, the article brought up how this process will work and what will possibly come from it.

  • Halea McAteer

    I think there has definitely been some confusion as to why this campaign has focused its efforts specifically on women and girls in poverty, and when people first hear of this work they might think of it as being biased in some way. However, as Daniel points out, as well as others on Unreasonable, focusing efforts on women and girls in poverty makes sense because women give so much back to their families therefore not only raising themselves out of the cycle of injustice and poverty but also the members of their community and family. I loved the quote at the beginning that said, “Focusing our efforts on women and girls, especially those living in poverty, is critical if we are ever going to have a chance at living in a world in which no one is limited by their circumstances.” Circumstances that people are born into, and darn near impossible to get out of on their own. Unreasonable’s work is amazing because of this. The organization does not give out useless handouts that keep these women in their situations. Their work is all about giving them access to tools and products that they desperately need to change their situation, rather than perpetuating the one they have been living in for far too long.

  • kgallaher

    “It is estimated that 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty1 and are more likely than boys to be uneducated, to be married at a young age, and to be exposed to HIV/AIDS.” The statistics in this article are shocking, yet sadly true. I believe in equality of the sexes, and I like how this article emphasizes the importance of women’s rights. I think education on both sides can change women in poverty.

  • Katie Larson

    I agree with you. If we focus on efforts to help lift women and girls out of poverty than we are, in a broader perspective, focusing on lifting communities out of poverty, because these women and girls will most likely invest their new-found skills and wealth back into their community. However, Daniel brings up a great point which addresses another aspect of: “Why focus on girls?”. It logically follows that if women and girls in poverty are being disproportionally left behind, then we must disproportionally focus on efforts to help them if we are to ever have a “chance at living in a world in which no one is limited by their circumstances”.

  • kschwein

    Gender inequality has been an issue basically forever and is getting looked at here while trying to make some change. This is great for these women and the help they are getting to build them up and better their lives. This can help turn young girls disadvantages into equal opportunities.

  • Katie

    I think it’s important to note that although our focus on women and girls in poverty is a trend right now, it is necessary that our care and help continues into something that lasts forever. I believe that many individuals still are unaware of the seriousness of this issue and need to be informed that their help matters. I think it’s great that SPRING teamed up with Nike because being a big corporation, they help SPRING have a voice and make that much more of a difference. I’m also interested in exactly how these girls are being helped, and the process they are going through to accomplish their goals.

  • James Callahan

    Daniel, what a great post and I agree with your points. One question that I have is that the treatment of women and girls obviously points to the fact that they are not seen as equals to boys / men. Is there any hope that through education that girls are equal to boys that a future generation of male youth will come to see this? Or is it so ingrained in society and reinforced at home (that girls are not equal to boys) that that is not likely to change?

  • Lynn Kraus

    I’m in agreement James & also wonder about the root of the “why”. How does the global community evolve to equality you ask? One girl at a time.

  • dannyjoseph14

    Wow. This article is full of shocking facts. The statistics about the rape rate in women under fifteen and about how only a mere two pennies of every charitable dollar goes towards helping girls really highlighted the enormity of this issue. I have seen several very inspiring entrepreneurial ventures designed to advance the lives of girls in this position posted on Unreasonable.is over the past couple weeks and am now beginning to truly understand how immensely important this cause is. I believe that the social and cultural views towards women in many third world countries is a root cause of this issue. Attacking this matter from the root by educating and reforming may be the most effective way of improving the lives of girls in this position.

  • bdelbian

    My mother was born and raised in Venezuela. As a result, there were many opportunities that she was deprived of. At a young age her mother took her out of school because of the choices that her older siblings had made. The things that she encountered in her childhood are affecting he health now. There are many issues that she faces with her health and unfortunately has to rely on medication in order to be able to function day to day. Luckily, my mother did not have to face some of the things that were discussed above. I love that you are trying to measure the impact that these partnering organizations have on woman and girls in poverty. I feel like women should be able to feel empowered no matter what their station in life and it is fantastic that there are more people that can provide women with those resources to help them grow.

  • zoeantonow

    Stephanie, I agree with the “trend” issue surrounding women and girls–we women make up 50% of the human genders needed to perpetuate the survival of the human race, and yet culturally and historically, women are not taken as seriously as men in business and, unfortunately in some countries, quality of life and personal freedom. I think that the cultural shift, in this case, would be the increased awareness of making less fortunate women’s lives better through innovation and accessibility, which I am all for and hope to contribute to when I finish school.
    I also really like how you said “women have always been ‘doing'” because that is exactly how I feel about the situation–if we can all work toward removing the connotation around a female businesswoman (and I do believe that we have come a long way in the history of female CEO’s and other high positions), then some entrepreneurs who do not otherwise have an opportunity to show what they’ve got can do just that, and hopefully make the world a better place in the process. The key to generating good ideas in my group, in my opinion, is diversity of thought, where one man may think in one way on a social issue, and one woman may bring up another perspective, and together, the best possible plan can come about.
    Ultimately, I am just excited to see an article promoting the importance of the “underdog” gender, and I hope to see an increase in this awareness “trend” as all humans deserve to live with the comfort of basic necessities, clean water, and an opportunity to personally grow.

  • John Mulhern

    I agree with both of you. Daniel did a great job at articulating why exactly this movement is so necessary. He revealed how girls are, like you said, the key to changing the trend and bringing entire cultures onto their feet. I’m on board with this amazing organization and I’m liking forward to seeing exactly how it progresses in the next few months and years.

  • Tessa

    I completely agree that lifting women and girls out of poverty is the the most effective way for us to lift entire communities and nations out of poverty. I’m so glad to read what Unreasonable is doing around this and look forward to seeing the statistics on the effects these companies will have over time.
    I’ve had a slight hang-up when reading about the Nike Foundation being a big backer because in the past they have not had a great reputation surrounding their work conditions in developing nations. I did a brief google research on them, and from what I gather, they have done a lot to change this, but I’m curious where they outsource their labor and the current conditions, as it would seem hypocritical of them to be helping girls on this end, but not providing their workers with what they need on that end.
    I admittedly have been skeptical of these huge companies taking on “greenwashing” to boost sales by creating an image of social innovation, although I think it’s crucial that we have their investment and capital. I just can’t help but to compare it to the natural food industry and how the “natural” label has been so diluted by huge companies hopping onto a trend for their own increased profit. I realize that this skepticism is inhibiting me from getting all the way on board, which is where I want to be with these exciting new business models that are created much needed social change. This article was helpful with that. Thank you.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    I think this article does a good job bringing into focus how important the Girl Effect is and how having websites such as this one is not just a new hot topic or trend. I look forward to hearing about the success of SPRING. The issue of helping girls around the world has moved way past being a trendy topic, its the beginning of an extremely powerful movement that is constantly moving onward. I like that this article narrows in and addresses the importance of the Girl Effect rather than just talking about how successful they have been. This year was the first time I ever heard about this website, let alone the concept. I was taken back with amazement. Articles like this fuel the motivation.

  • Wilson Mugabo

    There is a saying which goes behind every successful man there is a woman, meaning if we empower women in all aspects, the world would be a happier place for everyone since there is no one left behind. So I feel like it’s our responsibility to empower women

  • storres001

    Isn’t it kind of crazy how even in developed countries like the US, women are still fighting for equality? Sometimes I feel we forget either 1. That people in underdeveloped countries have it much worse, but also 2. We think here, women have the best gig ever. While yes, there is no doubt that we have a better standard of living, women and girls all over the world are unintentionally second class citizens most of the time. If women and girls are the start of change, why do people laugh at them trying to change things here while then turning around and saying how terrible things are for girls in other countries? Just food for thought.

  • pdeese

    I really like the article and the detail on the statistics for girls born in poverty. I believe the new metrics and measuring put in place is needed. It is true “what you measure is an indicator of what you value..” Also, that which is measured can be followed and improved upon when needed. You can not see where the programs succeed or fail without true metrics and measurability. Great Article.

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I agree with your post! I also think that it is unfair that women are seen as the weaker sex,and we are just suppose to accept that in today’s society. I think that the younger generations of girls could be greatly impacted by the fact that society does not see women as equals to men. It is possible that these girls will grow up thinking that there is no reason for them to work hard because they will always be seen as “weak” because that is how society defines them. Society needs to change the way women are perceived and realize that we are able to be successful and participate in amazing things just like men.

  • nsales

    Very interesting article concerning women and poverty and what they fight for. It’s quite sad to see these types of statistics about women and that a lot of people do not see this as something so serious. Good article.

  • Tiffanie Marszalek

    I hate to be a “Negative Nancy,” and agree that something must be done to give impoverished women an opportunity for advancement in society; however I feel that by targeting women specifically, because it, “…is critical for social progress,” seems gender biased. Both men, and, women may advance society if given the educational opportunities. I initially felt this article was geared more towards population, and disease control…can you explain why women vs. men deserve this educational opportunity more? Thanks for the clarification.

  • MeierKM23

    Mallory, I like how you put this. I also have been thinking about this as I have gotten older and now in college. Although it seems that we should focus on girls and what we can help them with, we can also try and focus on our society. I do agree also to helping those girls in women in poverty and plan on doing so as a project in one of my classes. Women and girls ARE the beginning of change and hopefully we can help society see that.

  • MeierKM23

    I agree about this being a good article and to see all of those shocking statistics. I like seeing people noticing a change that can be made to help them out. I have a project for class to raise money for the Girl Affect and I am excited to get started on it and see how successful it will be to help those women and girls. I am a person who loves to lend a helping hand.

  • Lindsey Kessler

    I think what he means is that you are hearing and seeing a lot of talk about the importance of investing in women and girls may feel trendy, not that it is. Talking about it is what is making it seem trendy, and the purpose of his article is to transform this into a movement to make it happen and not have it feel like a trend. The Girl Effect Accelerator seems like a great organization, I also hope this focusing effort on women and girls is a trend that lasts. Also, SPRING seems really great.

  • mleano

    With the focus on girls, I wonder how they deal with the patriarchal aspect of giving girls a chance. For example, in Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to drive but there is only a small movement to allow them the ability. How does one empower women in a culture that’s downright diminishing of them and has been for thousands of years?

  • Ruochen Su

    I think that people have to admit that there are neglects, inequality and even discrimination to be widespread for women and girls now and especially in some poor locality. We should respect them and provide a platform to encourage them to play a unique advantage as women. Focus on women and girls should not just a trend, it should be the thing we are doing.

  • Alex_C_B

    It can also be a chain reaction. By improving the standards of living and knowledge of young girls, this can potentially protect her from dying at a young age from childbirth or HIV/AIDS. Children, families, and others are affected by these things, not just the individual. This can help potential children of these young girls to have a life that isn’t just a cycle of poverty.

    As I read the comments, I think others have said it better than me, though.

  • Will Carter

    I can’t speak for him, but I would guess it’s because women—especially in less-developed areas—generally have much less opportunity than men. I don’t think anyone would disagree that men can have an equal impact, but the effort is going toward women instead because in most cases, men have a significant cultural advantage over women, just because they are men. It’s an attempt to level the playing field as far as opportunity goes.

  • rewebster3

    Hi Daniel,
    Some would also say that measuring success would come with the amount of happiness and stuff involved with the outcome of the successes one has obtained, I appreciate that by way of measuring and paying attention to the amount of good that women do we can perhaps ascertain more. In my opinion, women girls can do anything with the drive, the drive to make some thing out of nothing and to be able to want to see the change happen and are willing to put in the work to do it. It sounds to me that the Girl Effect Accelerator could have a great impact and I appreciate your look to change.

  • gaulrappkj17

    I totally agree with this. It is so important to realize that by helping girls and women we are helping the boy and men. If we have more nurturing mothers, than the girls and boys will be better taken care of. We need to understand reality and not sugar coat it. I think we have a tendency to think that well, that is not happening to me, so who cares? This kind of attitude is so wrong. Yes, wrong. We are so stinking selfish it is sickening.

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this article. I do like how The Girl Effect is trying to help girls in different countries live a better life and getting an education. I think that we should also focus on the world as a whole though. We have people who are starving in other countries and people who aren’t living a good life. I think that there needs to be a organization that related to everyone not just girls. I do agree that it is harder for girls in other countries to get an education and to not get pregnant. It is a good thing that we are taking into consideration other countries that need help. We just need more organizations that relate to everyone. I am not saying that this organization is a bad thing, because it definitely is a good thing. I just think that more people would be willing to help if everyone can relate somehow.

  • Ashley Nicole Rietbrock

    Dear Daniel thank you for sharing this article with us it was very interesting and think it is amazing what you are doing for the girl effect. I just resiliently found out about the girl effect through one of my classes at school. It really sad what some girls have to go through just to get an education or get food on the table. I think more people should know about this to help make a difference. I just had a thought like the shoe company Bobs the shoes. For a pair of shoes that a person buys a pair goes to children that need them. Couldn’t something like this be done for the girl effect? Say since you guys are working with Nike that so much of a purchase that some money goes to the girl effect? It is just a thought thank you again for sharing this article wit us.

  • amykahl8

    This all goes back to the hierarchy of needs. If the needs of survival aren’t met first, a woman and her family can’t really thrive intellectually or financially.

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    Being introduced to this site I definitely wondered why it was so important to focus on women and girls. I’m really grateful you took the time to clarify! I found the statistic about education and childbirth especially interesting… it’s very sad that so little people receive education when it undoubtedly has such a positive impact.

  • jsims001

    The facts under the “Why Women and Girls?” section really got to me and made me understand why we must start with women. The fact about the seven years of education making such a significant difference in women’s lives, marrying four years later and having 2.2 less children, shocked me and made me realize that education is also where we must start. Great insights, and I sincerely hope that this is just the beginning of a change in the way we conduct business and address real world problems.

  • Abby2017

    250 million girls are in poverty. That was a really sad thing to read. This is a good article and acknowledgement on how poverty does affect people. Women do do so much that is often ignored. Women have a strong influence in this world and it should be recognized by others more. This will be a problem for a long time and possibly forever in this world. I’m glad someone is mentioning this topic through this powerful article.

  • CCzuchra

    It’s awesome to see start ups paired with larger corporations and foundations to maximize the effects of new and needed ideas and solutions

  • Faisal AH

    its a really good article, Women are the future of the world we live in, also girls in this world can give any kind of help.thats why we start with women all the time.

  • tinkers4

    This was a interesting aticale to read. I find the GIRL EFFECT interesting and am interested in learning more about it.

  • Kayla

    Wow, this article was so amazing! There were two things that unlimitedly stood out for me in this article. The first was “Focusing our efforts on women and girls, especially those living in poverty, is critical if we are ever going to have a chance at living in a world in which no one is limited by their circumstances.” I think this addresses that we all have potential, and if were were all on a level playing field, we might be raising up a generation of women that could make a significant impact on our future! The second thing is “76 percent of young people aged 15-25 who live with HIV in sub-saharan Africa are female.” This static astounded me and helped bring tangible evidence to why we need to philanthropic focus our efforts on young woman and girls.Thank you for posting this and going this great work!

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I agree with your comment. I think that the society as a whole needs to admit that women are discriminated against and are not treated equally to men. Without admitting the way women are treated today, how are we suppose to move forward as a society? Women do have an important role to play in today’s society, and they should be recognized and treated as equals to men.

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I really admire this comment. I think that women are so important in making our society the best it can be. I think that our society as a whole needs to support women and empower them to be and do the best they can.

  • Beniamin Martis

    I think we must focus on everybody not just women and girls.

  • Amen! Some of us were raised to believe that gender discrimination is inherently unjust. We as a society need to collectively decide whether we’re trying to abolish it or bring it back.

  • JeremyWahl

    i have always wondered why its always the girls who always get looked at first, and after reading this article it is clear that looking after the girls and women is the first step because without girls, the guys wouldnt thrive as well. in one of my classes we have to do a bake sale and 100% of the donations we make goes straight for the girl effect and i think it is a great cause.

  • catec18

    As a girl, I felt like this was going to be another one of the same articles that I have seen many times throughout my life. And in some ways it was. No offense, maybe I was just told to read a lot of articles? I feel women are not always on the same playing field as men and sometimes deserve the attention. But this article also did something that other articles haven’t done which is bringing up things that we can do to support women. It is important to move past what is and onto what could be. I think it is important to look at facts of the past in order to improve in the future. This article does a good job of pointing out launching boards such as SPRING and unreasonable as well as working with Nike. Lastly, his point that this is not a fad, that this is something here to stay is really important. This isn’t just an article to bring awareness and attention to something that needs to be talked about. This is going to be worked on until it is better.

  • Anniep1023

    It is awesome that women are starting to get the respect and admiration we deserve. For centuries, we have been looked at as the weaker sex compared to men. And while we have made many amazing strides for equality over the years, we are still not there yet. Articles like this need to be more prevalent because society needs to start understanding how important and influential women are in this world. In the future, I hope to raise my children in a world where society treats and values men and women equally.

  • wegener61

    Thank you! It seems a little bit prejudice to focus on one group over others. Focusing on equality for all those in society is as important as focusing on one specific group. Every person has potential to make a change or start something great, so why not focus on advancing all groups of humans?

  • Becki Wright

    Daniel…interesting to read your post…I was often one of 2 or 3 girls in my engineering classes at UCLA back in the 1970s. Sad to realize things haven’t changed much. I feel that it isn’t about pushing girls into STEM…it is about giving girls a chance to even consider that STEM might be an option for them so that when they choose their path, they are able to look at all career choices. I am grateful that I was secure enough in my decision to ignore the high school counselor who told me that I should major in English instead…having an Engineering degree has been an important tool in my toolkit throughout my life as I have moved through 6 very different careers, not all of them requiring an Engineering degree. All girls need to understand that STEM careers are available to them too!

  • Brooke Bower

    You make an interesting point. It is important to education women/ girls but it is equally important to reshape mindsets. The mindset that women can work side by side with a man and that women should be accepted into the work place. In underdeveloped countries, I believe if girls/women are more present in the classroom and accepted there, then eventually that’ll help change the mindsets of the workplace, so women can work.

  • Brooke Bower

    I agree with you 100%. As a society we need to look at the facts from the past in order to improve the future. By coming together, we can help educate girls and lead them to success in the future. I love hearing about all of the ideas to help girls/ women. It’s empowering to know that people are coming together to help women.

  • Erin

    I totally agree with this! It is clearly a problem for many girls and women to get education and to live a valued life. Without women there can’t be men. It is so important to protect the women in our world and help to guide them in the right direction so that they are not forced or rushed into anything and can have the opportunity to learn. After getting an education is when these women should have children, not before. The way a girl grows up effects all the men in the world as well. Because if she has a baby boy then he will be effected by the way she was treated and raised. It goes in a huge circle really. And it has to start with women, not because they are better but because they effect everything that happens after. The statistics in this article prove this to be true. Like this quote for example, “when a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. This is a huge factor because if these women get an education they are clearly more capable to have children and raise them correctly.

  • Erin

    This is a great question, and I seem to have the same thoughts. But in today’s world I think we have already began to see a shift. There are so many more successful women and I believe we are starting to slowly get more respect. It really does take a long time to evolve from such divisions and it is the small changes that can make a huge difference over time.

  • Skalahe13

    That’s a great question and raises a good point, nothing will ever really change unless men and women are seen as equals. But I do think education is a large part of this and also home life is important too. Parents need to start their children off right teaching them to respect women and that they are equals. There should never be a gender difference we are all equal

  • Taysia Justus

    I truly hope this ambition to impact women and children is one that will last!

  • HutsonZW

    I really like the idea of helping with women and girls to better their lives and make it better for their later lives. I have done some research on the girl effect for a class and it showed me some very eye opening facts on what education would help do for females.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    This is such a powerful article! I couldn’t agree more with the fact that the conversation about changing the quality of life of the girls in poverty needs to move from a current trent to a movement! Its so much more than just a trend. Action needs to be taken now and the idea behind the Unreasonable is beyond powerful. I can barley imagine the positive changes that could lay ahead if everyone adopted that view. Its absolutely sickening to read that 50% of sexual assaults happen to girls aged 15 years & younger…let alone 76% of the girls living in poverty in Africa are exposed or living with HIV/AIDS due to sexual assaults. These girls have rights too, its extremely saddening to understand so many people don’t see it in such a way.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    Lindsey, I defiantly agree with what you are saying! I think the concept of this article is not only to bring attention to those who are unaware of what The Girl Effect is trying to do but also highlights the importance of supporting innovative ways to bring about change in the aspects of what certain entrepreneurs can bring to the table in order to present an opportunity to those who need it most.

  • Desiree

    i really like the idea of helping with women and girls to better their lives and make it better for their later lives. people don’t realize that some women and girls struggle really bad in poverty and don’t know what they go through in certain situations. I like that people are trying to help them out so they can live happier and better lives

  • Thumbs_up

    It is nice how think in a “branched” way helps us to structure a strategy which can reach more and more people. On this case, start helping the girls will change the future of them and besides that, will change lives of other many. Education was and is the bullet point to improve their lives.

  • Bjackson5

    It is pleasant to see the efforts of women importance being pronounced in such a progressive way. I do truly enjoy the idea of The Girl Effect and how women around the world hold the importance of future life. It is sad to hold in the back of my mind that many would read this article and may think it is feminist. This is also the mind state that must change through the understanding in the moral of this article. Since women are of life creating importance they should be a main center of attention globally.

  • Leah Renee

    “It is estimated that 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty1 and are more likely than boys to be uneducated, to be married at a young age, and to be exposed to HIV/AIDS.”
    on top of that, these girls, who quickly turn into women, are the ones raising the boys. we need strong, amazing women raising the boys into fantastic men.

  • Austin Friedman

    The social welfare and betterment of women and girls around
    the world is one of the most important issues that today’s social entrepreneurs
    face. The points raised and statistics given in this article are startling, especially
    the dismal amount of funding that actually goes towards this issue from each
    dollar of international development money spent. My knowledge of the situation’s
    severity was limited before reading this, and my estimates for school
    completion rates among adolescent girls, HIV/AIDS prevalence, and sexual
    assault occurrences were all below reality. That in many sub-Saharan African
    countries the secondary school completion rate for adolescent girls is less
    than five percent is abominable. I’m glad to hear the Accelerator has partnered
    with the Nike Foundation, as the ascertainment of accurate measurements
    regarding the impact entrepreneurs actually have on these women and girls is
    critical to their success. I admire Unreasonable’s desire to move past the ‘why’
    of the problem and to start addressing the ‘how,’ as the latter presents a much
    more difficult challenge. I find the way Unreasonable went about this took
    courage and was brilliant. Asking 100 percent of the investments in its
    portfolio to report metrics that relate to their success in impacting women and
    girls in poverty will bring together the non-profit ideas with a for-profit
    mindset. I look forward to seeing the impact Unreasonable has—as well as the
    new partners who join the venture—in the future on this very important journey.

  • Jessica

    Of course, I don’t enjoy the idea that we as women are some sort of “trend,” but I fully understand the reason for using such a word. No, women are not going to go out of style or be replaced by the latest fashion, however, the importance of us being involved (in and out of poverty) in the world around us is seen as a trend. As a whole, our society thinks that the “fad” of getting women involved (and ALLOWING us to be involved) will eventually fade away, and there won’t be ringing voices of women trying to make their mark on the world. I love the Girl Effect, and I think it’s amazing what Unreasonable is doing to bring these women the information and resources they need to break the cycle and do something self-actualizing for themselves. The thing is, we are’t going anywhere, millions of women are born into this world every day, and there is no stopping the shift in our importance. I can’t wait to see what else the Girl Effect and Unreasonable bring to women and girls around the world who are now getting the chance to make a change, and be the change.

  • Sarah Nelson

    It still surprises me that women are so undervalued and uneducated in some areas of the world. Education can change the world and give not just women, but everyone a better life and better opportunities. By educating men as well, they will have a better understanding and respect women more bettering both parties lives. Finding a way to successfully empower women and giving them the opportunity to be independent will change the world and the initiatives mentioned in this article are very insightful. I’m happy to see that this isn’t just a trend, but people truly are in it until it is successful and women are feeling more empowered.

  • Danielle Flynn

    This article presents a lot of value in my opinion because it is a different standpoint; it is finally a man writing his opinion on the trend women are taking in the world towards feminism in all aspects, especially in the work force. Equality for groups of minorities is very difficult to write or speak about because it always seems prejudice towards other groups, but I believe the author did a good point on making the point that women are going to influence the world more than we believe as of now, while also avoiding discrediting any other groups of people.

  • Claire Salvucci

    This article gives substantial reasons as to why the world should invest in girls. The Girl Effect Accelerator is a good way to kick start this movement by measuring the effects over time. This will potentially allow further action to be taken to advance women worldwide.

  • Rachel Rodriguez

    I absolutely loved reading this post! I think it s so inspiring to hear a story begin from the group because I think so many times we only hear about things once they become successful or make a change in some way. I think this is a great step in creating awareness and helping make a better world for girls and women. i also think this article is very humbling because the article discusses that they know this is a challenging topic and it is not going to be easy to tackle. I think that many times people just think that their idea is going to work and create all this good right off the bat, but I love that this article also discusses the challenges. I think its good to expect that things are going to be hard and I absolutely love what his program is doing.

  • Danielle Devereux

    I really enjoyed this article. Girls/women do not get enough credit that they deserve, and especially in other countries. It is so sad that women are undermined and not respected in some places like China (I think) where they throw out their daughters into the streets because they do not want them. Society tells us that men are superior, and we must rely on them for things like money and a place to live. This does need to change and I think this campaign will help with that

  • danlorusso

    I think that focusing on improving the lives of women in poverty is highly important in the world we live in. Something from this post that surprised me was how men in poverty are more likely to be educated than women. A global movement that focuses on educating women in poverty could help raise awareness about the lack of education women are receiving. If society promotes education for both men and women that can increase the livelihood of everyone in a community.

  • Charlee Riggio

    LOVE this post! I have always been one to say that educating the mother educates the generation.

  • Amanda

    As I was reading some of the comments below, the question- why focus only on girls and women when the society as a whole need- came up multiple times. While I understand the desire to help everyone, women and girls make up 50% of the population but are treated much worse than males. They are not given adequate education and are often married younger, like the article said. I think that one main reason to focus on females is to mend the disparity between the genders. Once they are on the same level, it then becomes a task to keep them equal and improve the community as a whole.

  • Rachel Rodriguez

    So after reading this article 5 days ago I am still thinking about it and I decided to have a discussion with my roommates about this article and the topic of making sure women and girls are noticed. Our discussion started with talking about the importance of educating girls and how even in the U.S. people still do not understand how big of an issue this is. One of my roommates is studying to be a teacher, and she talked about how in some of the classes she is teaching the girls do not do their homework because their parents don’t believe in educating girls and do not promote them learning or engaging themselves in the classroom. We also talked about how we think this issue is a generational thing and that there are improvements being made in this area, but there still is more change that needs to come. We ended our discussion by talking about what we can do to make sure that women and girls are empowered and how we can help make sure that girls and women around the world get the recognition they deserve. I would encourage others to have a discussion like I did with my roommates, we had a really great talk and I think we all learned something new about each other that we might have not know about each other.

  • Danielle Devereux

    For my Call-To-Action, I posted one of “The Girl Effect” videos on to my Facebook page and try to spread the word about the issue and the Unreasonable Institute trying to change it. I posted the video twice, once in the morning and once in the evening, trying to get more people to see it and possibly watch it. I only ended up with 4 likes and one comment in all. It did not turn out how I thought it would. A lot of people on Facebook are talking about world issues all of the time so I thought that my video would be a hit. I am not sure if it was the timing or if what I typed with the video was the problem. Either way, the video did not get watched near as much as I wanted it to. This has made me realize how hard it really is to just a simple conversation about a 2 minute video that actually has a huge impact on this world.

  • Alessandra Orlandini

    I really enjoyed this post. Being a woman it hits home with me and hearing some of these statistics is heartbreaking and I like how people are trying to find ways to help. I don’t think we should just stop at women and girls though, especially with a whole society that needs changing. I sent out a call to action to my family members to read this post and I believe it sparked a mini chain reaction which is the whole idea of social change.

  • Charlee Riggio

    I the Girl Effect project is going to change our world. Educating a woman educates the generation. Unreasonable institute is so amazing and I am so greateful for the work that you are doing. Beautiful minds will have the opportunity to flourish thanks to those of you who set the stage.

  • Ann Matthews

    The statistic that “Worldwide, nearly 50% of all sexual assaults are against girls aged 15 years or younger” was absolutely astonishing to me. In 2016, we should have come so much farther than that. There needs to be more of a focus on teaching men to not rape and abuse instead of just focusing on teaching women how to protect themselves. I agree with the author that it is necessary for us to focus on women and girls because the issues that females face have remained steady and have not changed in hundreds of years and it is time to be more globally progressive.

  • Ben Heiserman

    I agree Jessica, if you want to refer to women as a “trend”, than the only thing that trend will do is grow. But trend is a weird term because that means that supporting women will go out of style, which is frankly not true whatsoever. I think empowering women through projects like the Girl Effect are key to obtaining universal equality among all people, whether they are women, men, transgendered, or other. Also from an economic standpoint, empowering women is a good business decision because it strengthens the overall economy, families of consumers, and increases the consumer base.

  • Robert Neville

    I agree Dan, I think that we need to educate men and women equally in impoverished areas. If both men and women are educated I think that they can both work better paying jobs and boost the economy in many of those areas.