|Director of the National Economic Council|
January 20, 2011 â€“ March 5, 2014
|Preceded by||Larry Summers|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Zients|
December 12, 1996 â€“ January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Laura Tyson|
|Succeeded by||Larry Lindsey|
December 24, 1958 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Pennsylvania
There is no question in the world that educating a girl is good for her country and good for her. The challenge is, is it good for her parents who are living in extreme poverty, who need the girl's help to take care of getting firewood, water, taking care of young children?
You never see a child die from education on TV. But make no mistake about it: children die from lack of education all the time. Children without an education are more likely to grow up to have HIV/AIDS. They're more likely to die in infancy or before the age of five.
One of the things we have to remember about the poorest countries in the world is that parents, extremely poor parents, are making the choice of whether to send their girls to school. And they are struggling with lack of water, lack of firewood, and lack of care for their youngest children. And those burdens fall on the girls.