Two-thirds of The World’s Illiterate Adults Are Women,- Almost two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women. That’s 479 million women, a ratio that hasn’t changed for two decades. The problem starts at school, with girls less likely than boys to attend. Fifteen million primary-age girls will never set foot in a classroom. And over half of them, that’s nine million girls, live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Girls miss school for many reasons, including poverty, early marriage, and menstruation. However, over the last decade millions more girls have attended school. For every 100 boys, 94 girls completed primary school in 2014 compared to just 83 in 2002. But older women are still far behind. Out of every ten women over 65, only seven of them can read. So there’s still a long way to go before we pass this test.