Successful attainment of education helps predict whether women around the world will have overall well-being, and it is a strong predictor of economic success, not only for women but for their countries as well. Educational attainment is defined as the highest level of education completed, and includes primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. High school completion is a necessary step on the road to educational attainment and resultant economic success and is itself dependent on primary school success and literacy.

However, completing a high school education does not hold the same guarantees or opportunities that it used to, in terms of finding future employment. Having a high school diploma is the norm in some countries. In the United States, for example, 85 percent of the ...

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