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Illiteracy A Problem Facing Women I was quite amazed as I researched the topic of illiteracy in America What exactly is illiteracy Illiteracy is defined in the Websters dictionary as 1 not educated especially not knowing how to read or write 2 showing a lack of education --noun a person who does not know how to read or write -- illiteracy May-be someone can read just a little some can make out the sounds of a word and some just cannot read at all Illiteracy is a loss to those who cannot read or write The impact of illiteracy is devastating This problem causes other problems as listed below Loss of job opportunities in the market place Without a job people must rely on - Unemployment - Social Assistance to survive Welfare Medicare The illiterate does not have the reading and writing skills to reinforce these skills in their children - The illiterate cycle begins here Illiteracy promotes high level of criminal behavior - Example Correctional facilities have an average of Grade Three reading level Not only does the definition of illiteracy mean loss but to me its the root of poverty crime and lost productivity in our cities Now that I have defined illiteracy I want to raise the awareness of this problem how it relates to women and propose a policy to help solve the problem Illiteracy exists in America and in all nations all over the world and the percentages of illiterate women are much higher than illiterate men Many people assume that illiterate Americans are concentrated in large cities with troubled schools Although this may be true in some cases there are rural areas where illiterate women are overlooked According to the most recent statistics in the World Education Report a study released last year by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization almost one-quarter
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