“Education is the key to a better quality life in America. This is especially true for women, particularly the millions of them who are living on the brink of poverty — one illness, one home repair or one lost paycheck away from economic ruin.
I have seen the cycle of poverty firsthand. As a longtime educator, I have seen teenagers drop out of school to have a child, only to see that same child follow in her mother’s footsteps 16 years later.
For these women, a college education would be the surest way out of poverty and to break this sad family cycle. One example has stuck with me for years because it shows just how powerful education can be in a woman’s life.”