The rate, usually expressed as a percentage, of people who are functionally literate, i.e., able to read simple instructions and local newspapers. As no time dimension is usually specified, it is a prevalence, strictly speaking, rather than a true rate. The status of girls and women is reflected in a country's literacy rate, which correlates inversely with infant and child mortality rates. Nations and communities with low female literacy rates have high infant and child mortality rates.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.