Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool have been ranked in the top five 'worst places to be a girl' in England and Wales, in a landmark new report.
The study, by the charity Plan International UK, looked at factors including child poverty, educational attainment and teenage pregnancy rates, and found a stark geographical divide for girls' prospects.
Inner city areas performed the worst and researchers found that girls are facing sexual harassment, sometimes on a daily basis, and struggle with issues such as body image and cyber bullying.
The top 10 worst places to be a girl in England and Wales:
- 1. Middlesbrough
- 2. Blackpool
- 3. Manchester
- 4. Nottingham
- 5. Liverpool
- 6. Knowsley, Merseyside
- 7. Hastings, East Sussex
- 8. Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
- 9. Salford, Greater Manchester
- 10. Sandwell, West Midlands