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training, the nourishment, and the support. Without good quality education, you walk up to the starting line with a severe disadvantage. Education has always been the wide avenue of opportunity. It was the United Statestrailblazing education policy that helped drive its economic leadership across the 20th century— and gender equality was a crucial component of that strategy. Now, as we face up to the great challenges of the 21st century, we must continue to bet on education, especially for women. We still have some ground to make up here. For example, “My

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nourishment, and the support. Without good quality education, you walk up to the starting line with a severe disadvantage. Education has always been the wide avenue of opportunity. It was the United Statestrailblazing education policy that helped drive its economic leadership across the 20th century—and gender equality was a crucial component of that strategy. Now, as we face up to the great challenges of the 21st century, we must continue to bet on education, especially for women. We still have some ground to make up here. For example, while women account for 41

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Daring the Difference: The Three L’s of Women’s Empowerment. Speech delivered by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in May, 2014.