Global girl policy and the girl effect: Gendered origins and silences

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Can empowered girls change the economic trajectory of families, communities, and nations? According to the logic of the "Girl Effect" theory of economic and demographic change, investing resources in poor adolescent girls-especially for education and prevention of early marriage and early childbirth-will ultimately result in improved economic status for the girls, their future children, and ultimately their broader communities. In this chapter, Brown analyzes discursive constructions of girls as objects of global development policy beginning with the emergence of girls as an international political issue, and tracing the process by which adolescent girls came to be represented as "the most powerful force of change on the planet." The author concludes with a discussion of the silences and omissions in this framing of adolescent girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChildren and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030636326
ISBN (Print)9783030636319
StatePublished - Apr 15 2021

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