Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2013


School of Education

Primary Subject Area

Education, Elementary


The concept that education equips and enlightens people towards a brighter future is not revolutionary or unusual; applying this ideology to the Third World, however, is a more recent endeavor. Decades of study examining the effects of education on the lives of women in the Third World reveal that it has positive effects socially, culturally, politically and economically, as the single most determining factor improving the lives of women and children. This thesis researches the multi-faceted obstacles, stemming from longstanding norms, that prevent the education of women in the Third World, and it reveals the way in which overcoming those obstacles would usher in an age of progress and freedom into the lives of women in the Third World.