The Truth? Really, Gender Equality pays off.
It is really important to remember that gender equality does not only help women, though that should be enough incentive to move forward in that direction. Equal access to education, healthcare, jobs and land allow societies to function at their full potential, instead of the under 50% capacity that societies with a female mass that is illiterate and mal-treated possess. When women are held back from opportunities such as education, they are essentially not contributing to the labor marker, hence reducing competition and thus overall economic productivity.
What are some other benefits of an equal education?
Mothers’ education improves child nutrition. If all women had a primary education, 1.7 million children would be saved from stunting from malnutrition. If all women had a secondary education, 12 million children would be saved from stunting from malnutrition.
Education narrows pay gaps between men and women. In Pakistan, women with a primary education earn 51% of what men earn. With a secondary education, they earn 70% of what men earn. In Jordan, women with a primary education, earn 53% of what men earn. With a secondary education, they earn 67% of what men earn.
In business, direct representation = additional profits. Women currently influence over 85% of retail decisions, hence having businesswomen who can represent these interests in a boardroom is vital to the life of any company. Companies require a diverse workforce to engage and retain a diverse audience.