05.16.134:20 PM ET

No Such Thing as a Wonder Girl

Girls can be a force for change, but it’s unfair to expect too much.

NGOs in the developing world increasingly laud the value of educating girls, who can be instrumental in advancing human rights and improving education and innovation. While this is true and wonderful, Women’s eNews says we can’t invest our hopes exclusively in these young ladies—the men and boys in their communities must have an equal stake in the game. “Girls do not run the world,” writes Jos Dirkx, “and so long as they are facing the patriarchal structure deeply entrenched in their home countries, their options remain limited. Placing the responsibility of the world on their shoulders only sets our work to reach gender parity up to fail.”