Girls have outshone boys with a higher pass percentage at Class XII CBSE results. Year after year girls make the top grade. The optimism though is short-lived. Majority of these bright young girls fail to take the next big step. They mostly wither away hit by double whammy of negative society attitude and lack of relevant economic opportunities. ‘Missing girls’ syndrome refuses to change with changing times. Inability to bring almost half of population fully into the economic fold has cost India dearly. The social order has to change and see women as active contributors to the growth story. Educated women lost to domestic duty have to be brought into the economic space as much as drop outs prevented at school and college level. New employment formats have to enable women to join job market without fear of family discomfiture.