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.
|Title of host publication
|Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents
|Subtitle of host publication
|Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time
|Springer International Publishing
|Number of pages
|Published - Apr 15 2021
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