Where it’s good to be a WOMAN


Measures of well-being include life expectancy, education, purchasing power and standard of living. Not surprisingly, the top 10 countries are among the world’s wealthiest.

1. Iceland
2. Norway
3. Australia
4. Canada
5. Ireland
6. Sweden
7. Switzerland
8. Japan
9. Netherlands
10. France

SOURCE: UNDP Gender-related development index

Hmm . . . it seems like there’s a country missing off of that list.  Wait . . . oh yeah, it’s the good old U.S. of A.  Ask your congressional leaders what they are doing to improve well-being for women in the US.

4 thoughts on “Where it’s good to be a WOMAN

  1. Sadly, I’m not really surprised that the US isn’t in the top 10, but I am very surprised that Canada did better than Sweden (I’m Canadian).

    By chance do you know the difference between 1 – 10 and where the US falls comparitively. How big is the gap and what areas collectively are women most in need?

  2. As another Canadian… I have to say that women in Canada MAY seem to be better off… but it depends on whom. Our Native and immigrant populations are often not any better off than the they were in the country they left.
    My Province this week, saw the death of three little boys, adult got out of the trailer before the flames consumed the rest of it. Mom was in a city to give birth. She couldn’t even have her baby on the reserve. Granted the new Aboriginal Midwifery Program may help alleviate it, but the horrific unemployment rate and deplorable living conditions on reserves makes me ashamed. It is horrific.

  3. Jaclyn, here’s a link to the entire list – http://hdrstats.undp.org/indicators/268.html. The US is number 12, so not far off the mark especially in comparison to the worst country, Sierra Leone, ranked 177! But why we aren’t in the top 10? Why we aren’t in the top 5? Why we aren’t in the top 3? Hmmm!

    HBACmama, thank you for raising this important issue. I suppose this is the issue for the ages – we conqueror/developer nations often take over countries, exploit natural resources, run people off their land, and leave them with nothing.

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