Letters to the Editor

Texas senators should support Keeping Girls in School Act

"If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation."

-- African proverb

Societies are entirely better off when they value the education of their female population. Valerie Hudson, Texas A&M University professor and founder of The WomanStats Project, asserts that there are four major social pillars that the education of women affects:

• Increase in Income -- Educated women may obtain better jobs and, therefore, make more money, benefitting their community's economy.

• Smaller, more educated, and healthier families -- Educated women tend not to have as many children as they are made aware of family planning techniques. The children they do have also tend to be more educated and healthier. 


• Reduction in HIV/AIDs rates -- Girls and women who are more educated are less likely to contract and spread HIV/AIDs, as they are not only less likely to fall victim to prostitution, but also become aware of contraceptives.

• Empowerment of Women -- Once women become educated, they feel more empowered to leave violent and abusive situations.

However, while the education of women has such a vast effect on the well-being of nations, many countries continuously fail to make it a national priority. Introduced in October 2018, The Keeping Girls in School Act aims to combat this issue. The bill will do so by authorizing the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development to enter into assistance, acquisition, or financing agreements to address various societal barriers that adolescent girls face in accessing quality secondary education.

I urge Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz to support The Keeping Girls in School Act (H.R.2153/S.1071) to ensure that the United States remains a global leader in efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities for all.

MARGO DeKOCH

Corpus Christi