In this modern era, parents would be enrolling their children to the most prestigious schools in town. However, some parents in the rural area think that girls are usually ‘needed at home’. This is the main reason why girls make up for more than 50% of those 75 million children currently denied primary education. Girls often suffer gendered discrimination both within school and within the community, from teachers, parents and peers. This leads to lower enrolment in school, poor retention and under-achievement. This in turn helps to perpetuate gender discrimination, restricting girls’ life choices and contributing to a continuing cycle of early pregnancy, early marriage and poor health.
Cultural and social beliefs, attitudes and practices prevent girls from benefiting from educational opportunities to the sa in the education of sons rather than daughters, as daughters are perceived to less valuable once educated, and less likely to abide by the will of the father, brother or husband. In most countries, both the public and private sectors continue to be dominated by men, leading parents to ask themselves: why bother educating our girls if they will never make it anyway?
The low value attached to girls’ education reinforces early marriage and early pregnancy keeping girls and their children trapped in a vicious cycle of discrimination. Too often marriage is seen as a higher priority than education, and the girls who are married (even where they have been forced into early marriages against their will), as well as the girls who are pregnant, are excluded from schools.
During the Great Depression receiving an education was becoming more and more difficult for southerners. From not being able to afford the required supplies needed, to not being able to pay the tut ions, many people found it nearly impossible to attend school. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee shows how the lack of education in society during the Great Depression affected ...
Without access to education, these women and girls will never claim their rights and will never have the power to make their own choices, securing a life of dignity for themselves and their daughters.