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woman selecting veneers

Problem

Stereotypically "geeky" spaces discourage women from pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math.

Solution

A few changes in room decorations can help women feel like they belong in STEM.

Problem

Low-income students and students of color often earn worse grades than do wealthier and White students.

Solution

Plotting a path from who you are now to who you want to be in the future helps students identify with school and earn better grades.

Several 100 Rupee bills laid on a table

Problem

Many sex workers in India enter the profession to avoid poverty but then are shunned from society and can’t access financial resources. 

Solution

Improving how sex workers think of their profession helps them plan for the future and save more.

Problem

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of children’s death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Solution

Changing people’s feelings about washing their hands with soap improves hygiene, which in turn reduces diarrhea...

African Tutsis sit

Problem

Nearly 20 years after war and genocide killed 75% of Rwandan Tutsis, the accused perpetrators and their survivors must now learn to live side by side.

Solution

A radio soap opera that shows people how to speak out against corrupt leaders and reconnect with their neighbors helps communities heal after genocide... 

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