Educated Women Are Worth More Cows
Just how many cows is an educated woman worth?
When a young man gets married in that country, his parents pay a “bride price” to the family of the woman he marries. The most common price is 100 cows for a woman. But educated women are worth more:
What people here really notice is the market effect of educating a girl. If a girl has a high school education, she may bring her parents 200 cows. That’s a huge financial return.
I don’t know whether I should be outraged that women are sold in exchange for cattle, or happy that at least it gets them an education.
Well, if having a high school education makes you worth 200 cows, then my Shadley education should get my parents at least 500 cows. Cows now sell for about $1,000 each, so 500 cows would be worth $500,000. That would give them about a 150 percent profit on their investment in my four years of college. Not bad at all.
Of course, that’s only if I don’t spoil everything by going to medical school instead of becoming a slave in some patriarchal country. I can be silly that way. 🙂
Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.