In 2012, only 4% of children of mothers with bachelor's degrees were living in poverty, in comparison to 53% of children of high school dropouts and 31% for those whose mothers completed high school but nothing more. In addition, children's own high school completion years later was related to their mothers' education level. Forty percent of children whose mothers did not complete high school did not graduate high school on time (that is, by age 19) in comparison to only 2% of children whose mothers had bachelor's degrees. A focus on the educational and economic lives of women and girls is justified because improvements in their lives have the potential for exponential returns to the state of Arkansas in the form of children's educational and economic success as adults. Thirty-eight percent of Arkansas children lived in single parent households in 2012 with approximately 80% of these households headed by women. These demographic realities, coupled with the alarmingly low education levels of Arkansas residents, mean a focus on women's education is a crucial strategy in improving the lives of all Arkansas. When women advance economically, Arkansas is improved as a state.