Between 1970 and 2009, women of reproductive age worldwide have doubled the average number of years of education they have been able to attain, and this increase is estimated to be responsible for lowering the mortality rate in children by more than half, according to a study by IHME researchers. The study, Increased educational attainment and its effect on child mortality in 175 countries between 1970 and 2009: a systematic analysis, shows that women are advancing further in school than at any time in recent history.
Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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