This is a quick review of the most recent available evidence available on the links between women's literacy and: maternal health; reproductive behaviour and daughter education. With a particular interest in the impact of interventions after formal schooling.
Development agencies have found two predictable indicators for longevity among women in developing countries: accessible clean water and literacy skills. Of the 1 billion illiterate people in the world, two thirds of them are women. Literate women average 2 children per family while illiterate women give birth to 6-8 children.
Baxter, S. Helpdesk Report: Women’s Literacy and the Links Between Maternal Health, Reproductive Health and Daughter Education. HDRC, UK (2010) 6 pp.