Girls and money smarts: perfect together.
Sure, women make up just 24 percent of workers in so-called STEM fields—those that deal with science, technology, engineering, and math. And women are scarce in the leadership ranks of finance. But when it comes to planning financially for the future, girls are at least as financially savvy as boys. At least, that's the finding in Junior Achievement and The Allstate Foundation's most recent annual survey measuring teens' financial literacy.
Ninety-one percent of the girls who responded are planning to attend college, compared to 86 percent of the boys. More girls intend to pay with grants and scholarships. Not only that, 40 percent of the girls are considering attending college in-state to save money, compared to 30 percent of boys.