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Literacy and MotheringHow Women’s Schooling Changes the Lives of the World's Children$
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Robert A. LeVine, Sarah LeVine, Beatrice Schnell-Anzola, Meredith L. Rowe, and Emily Dexter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309829.001.0001

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Women’s Schooling and Social Change in the Developing World after 1950

Women’s Schooling and Social Change in the Developing World after 1950

(p.21) 2 Women’s Schooling and Social Change in the Developing World after 1950
Literacy and Mothering

Robert A. Levine

Sarah E. Levine

Beatrice Schnell-Anzola

Meredith L. Rowe

Emily Dexter

Oxford University Press

This is a review of evidence on the relationship of women’s school attainment to child survival and fertility, with an examination of long-term studies in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Guatemala, an empirically based theory of social and economic causes of child survival, and a summary of previous studies of literacy and health in developing countries. The evidence that women’s schooling acts to reduce child mortality and fertility is strong, and the studies involving literacy are suggestive.

Keywords:   Women’s school attainment, child survival, fertility, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Guatemala

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