MIT study: Female role models benefit India's young girls

01/20/2012 | Huffington Post, The

A new survey reveals women in India's political landscape and in positions of government power have a direct impact on career goals and academic achievements by young girls. In areas where no female leaders were present, there was less expectation of young girls to continue past secondary education, states the study, and 32% of girls were less likely to want to advance to college. "We think this is due to a role-model effect: Seeing women in charge persuaded parents and teens that women can run things, and increased their ambitions," said MIT economist Esther Duflo. "Changing perceptions and giving hope can have an impact on reality."

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