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Share Your Financial Education with Others

Educational Poverty for Women is a Worldwide Reality

In previous posts, I’ve talked about poverty rates among women over the age of 65 and the grim reality for those who don’t start taking their financial education seriously. And while financial poverty is a significant threat to most women in the United States, educational poverty is an overwhelming nightmare for women worldwide.

Are you taking your access to financial education for granted?

If you are reading this, you can get the information you need to change your lives and pursue financial freedom with the click of a mouse. You are lucky. But many women throughout the world are illiterate with no access to any kind of education or future of financial freedom.

In fact, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) estimates that the majority of the 67 million children out of school who live in rural areas are girls and “the least likely of any social group to be in school or to ever gain access to education.” In addition, UNESCO states that “improving education for women and girls in rural areas is a central issue both for achieving gender equality and for poverty eradication.”

Without information, women cannot get the education they need to change their lives for the better. And the media is not helping. After looking at data promoted on International Women’s Day this past month, I noticed that getting necessary information to women, specifically through the media, is not happening as fast as it could.

Specifically, UNESCO’s Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) maps the representation of women and men in news media worldwide in five-year increments. And the latest 2010 findings are disturbing. Here are a few:

  • “Only 24% of the people questioned, heard, seen, or read about in the written and audiovisual media are women; 76% are men.
  • Only 10% of stories quote or refer to relevant local, national, regional, or international legal instruments on gender equality and human rights.
  • 18% of female news subjects are portrayed as victims in comparison to 8% of male subjects.
  • Women’s under representation in the news media was found in 44% of the nations included in the study.”

Half of the world’s population is female so media members are not representing the reality.

Even worse, journalists are missing the opportunity to build awareness about human and women’s rights, gender equality, and more. The educational poverty of women worldwide remains at the status quo.

It’s Time to Take Matters In to Our Own Hands.

If the media is not talking about women in a timely manner, we need to find ways to distribute the information ourselves. And with the Internet, it costs nothing and only takes a few seconds.

For example, you can give a friend the information they need to start changing their financial future just by sharing one of these links:

And what about the women in rural areas worldwide?

Most women who really need an education do not have access to it online… so what can you do?

Here’s one idea. After you read your copy of It’s Rising Time!, Rich Woman or any book related to financial education, send it to an organization like the International Book Project at You can donate books to them in excellent condition, and they’ll send them to schools, libraries, churches, and more in the developing world and the United States.

What suggestions do you have to get information to women in rural areas on a global level?

Educational poverty is holding women back worldwide, and the media is not helping as much as they could… but we can help. It’s up to you and me to share the Rich Woman information with as many women as possible. It just takes one, simple action.

Who are you going to share this information with today?

Original publish date: March 22, 2012