The old adage, “a woman’s work is never done” feels true for many adults these days. People have always worked, and in most opinions, the phrase ‘working moms’ is redundant – it applies to all mothers, whether the mom has a job outside of the home or not. Staying home with small children is demanding and rewarding, too.
But what if you don’t have any choices or options because of a lack of education?
There are many who disparage the United States’ system of education, and yes, it’s flawed. It’s unevenly funded, it’s overly competitive at a time when we should be working harder to provide access to all, and is harangued on all corners by special interest groups.
But consider the following:
Literacy rates (people who can read and write over the age of 15):
Angola: 67.4% (83% men/54%women)
Bangladesh: 47.9% (54% men/41% women)
Belgium: 99% (99% men/99% women)
United States: 99% (99% men/99% women)
Somalia: 37.8% (49% men/ 25% women)
The infant mortality rate in the US is 6.26/1000 live births. In Somalia, it’s 109.19/1000 live births. I bring up this sad number to draw a possible correlation: countries that support women’s health and education have a great chance of survival, economic success, and prosperity.
Take your education seriously. I realize that in our greedy world we don’t always value what others value, but it is indeed a gift.
Information from the CIA Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html