The Facts

Check out some of the current facts and stats empowering our mission to end global oppression for women and girls in every way, shape, and form.

Education and Economic Empowerment

Access to education and the freedom to contribute to society are not just basic human rights; they’re the solution to breaking cycles of poverty within a single generation. Educated girls stand up for their rights, marry and have children later, educate their own children, and as a result, their families and communities thrive. Despite this, hundreds of millions of girls are not in school and are unable to contribute to their economies and communities.

  • Women reinvest 90% of their incomes into their families and communities, compared to 30-40% for men
  • An estimated 40% of households have a mother who is the primary or sole wage earner, but women take home less than 80 cents for every dollar a man earns for full-time work
  • Women make up more than half of the U.S. population and hold 52% of the professional jobs available, yet just over 14% hold CEO positions in the U.S.
  • The global average of women participating in national governments sits at a slim 21%
  • 118 U.S. companies participated in a 2015 poll showing 90% of new CEOs were promoted or hired from line roles and 100% of them were men
  • Hispanic and Latina women are paid just 54% of what white men are paid
  • An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ wages by 10-20%; one more year of secondary school increases their wages by 15-25%
  • If every mother completed primary school, maternal deaths would be reduced by two thirds
  • Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth
  • Education narrows the pay gaps between men and women
  • Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school
  • 32 million girls ages 6 to 11, 29 million girls ages 12 to 14 years, and 69 million girls ages 15 to 17 are out of school
  • Increasing the number of women completing secondary education by as little as 1% has the potential to increase a country’s economic growth by 0.3 percent
  • Just 39% of girls living in rural areas attend secondary school
  • Nearly one quarter of girls ages 15-24 never complete primary school
  • Girls who receive an education marry later in life, have fewer children, and earn higher wages
  • Girls with eight years of education are four times less likely to marry as children; six times less likely if they complete high school

Safety & Equality

Gender-based discrimination and violence plagues humanity, perpetuates poverty, and contributes to lacking economies in every single country. By exposing the difficult societal circumstances that women all over the world must face every day, we hope to support women and girls everywhere, so they can live with dignity in safety, and with ample access to the education, healthcare, and jobs that can promote lasting global change.

  • A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 minutes in the U.S.
  • 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual or physical violence in her life
  • 1 in 5 women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime
  • An estimated 20-50% of women will experience partner violence in their life
  • In most countries worldwide, less than 40% of women who experience violence seek help; less than 10% seek police help
  • 102 countries have no legal provisions against domestic violence
  • Between 500,000 and 2 million people (mostly women and children) are trafficked every year
  • Worldwide trafficking of women for commercial sex purposes nets $6 billion per year
  • Girls and women make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • Sex trafficking of women and children is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world
  • 56% of the 27 million slaves in the world today are women
  • An adolescent girl dies somewhere in the world every 10 minutes as a result of violence

Women’s Health and Family Planning

The simple truth is that women in poor and developing nations are not prioritized by their countries, and so health and family planning are often inaccessible—directly contributing to health crises around the globe. Access to reproductive health education and the ability to both space and delay childbearing is crucial for women’s education, long-term health outcomes, eventual workforce participation, and ultimate emancipation as a first-class human.

  • 1 in 5 women around the world will have had a child by age 18
  • 13.5 million children—mostly girls—will marry before they turn 18
  • In developing countries, 867 million women want to avoid pregnancy, but only 645 million are using modern contraception—this means 1 out of every 4 woman’s needs for contraception are not being met
  • Abortion rates in sub-Saharan Africa more than doubled the last time the Global Gag Rule was reinstated from 2001-2008, likely due to reduced access to contraceptives
  • Globally, girls and women ages 15-24 have double the risk of HIV infection than men of the same age due to unsafe and oftentimes forced sexual activity
  • In 2014, nearly 20 million U.S. women needed publicly funded contraceptive services. In the same year, publicly funded family planning services helped women avoid 2 million unwanted pregnancies, preventing an estimated 700,000 abortions and 900,000 unplanned births
  • Having both the ability and the means to space and delay childbearing is crucial to the economic and social advancement of women
  • Every $1.00 spent on family planning services can save more than $7.00 of Medicaid expenditures that would be used on pregnancy, delivery, and early childhood care.
  • The ability to obtain and effectively use contraceptives positively impacts women’s education and workforce participation, and it benefits their happiness, income, mental health, family stability, and children’s well-being

Maternal Health and Childbirth

Having a child is one of the biggest threats to life for women in developing countries.

More than 800 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and only half of pregnant women receive the appropriate amount of prenatal care. What’s more, the issue isn’t just in developing countries—the U.S. ranks 60th worldwide in maternal health.

  • 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; that’s 303,000 per year
  • 98% of maternal deaths are preventable
  • 16 million girls between ages 15 and 19 give birth every year—this is more than 10% of all births
  • 99% of maternal deaths are in developing countries
  • The U.S. ranks 60th worldwide in maternal health
  • The U.S. is one of 13 countries with a rising maternal mortality rate
  • Only 57% of women in developing countries have access to skilled medical professionals while giving birth
  • Pregnancies that are too closely spaced together, or come too early or too late in a woman’s life, negatively impact maternal health
  • Teenage girls in rural and indigenous populations experience up to three times more pregnancies than girls in urban populations

Breastfeeding and Parental Support

Proper nourishment within the first hours and years of life is crucial to every human’s overall well-being. In fact, exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life is imperative for a baby’s proper immune system development and long-term health, but fewer than 43% of infants worldwide are exclusively breastfed.

With lack of workplace support, unequal pay, and inadequate family leave policies (just 13% of workers in the U.S. have paid family leave access) women often must choose formula and miss out on the benefits of breastfeeding (for both baby and mother).

  • The U.S. is one of just three countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid time off for new moms
  • Only 13% of U.S. workers have access to paid parental leave
  • If every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life, and continued up to age two, about 800,000 children’s lives would be saved every year
  • Breastfeeding improves kids’ IQ, school attendance, and income potential later in life
  • Breastfeeding reduces kids’ risk of obesity and chronic diseases later in life
  • Low breastfeeding rates worldwide are associated with $302 billion in global economic losses
  • For infants, not being breastfed is associated with an increased incidence of infectious morbidity, otitis media (ear infection), gastroenteritis (stomach flu), pneumonia, as well as elevated risks of childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Among premature infants, not receiving breast milk is associated with an increased risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • For mothers, inability to breastfeed is associated with an increased incidence of premenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, retained gestational weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
  • Globally, only 45% of babies are breastfed within an hour of birth
  • Only 43% of babies worldwide breastfeed exclusively for six months, a practice that is crucial for proper immune system development
  • From 12 to 23 months of age, global breastfeeding rates drop from 74% to 46%
  • More than one quarter of infants between 4 and 5 months of age are eating solid foods too early, which is harmful to the delicate microbiome
  • 40% of babies born in the U.S. don’t have a secure attachment with their parents, leading to aggressiveness, hyperactivity, and poor language skills
  • Securely attached kids have lower stress levels, better regulation of emotions, and constructive coping skills

Every Woman Every Child
Women in the Workplace Study
Guttmacher Institute
National Organization for Women (NOW)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
UN Women
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)
United States Department of Labor
World Health Organization (WHO)