What Are The Best & Worst Countries For Women? Some Stunning Facts

by
Owen Poindexter
An infographic shows the best and worst of women's rights and health in the G20 countries. Can you guess which country, of all the major industrialized nations, came in first?

Visual.ly in concert with the Thomas Reuters Foundation, have put together a beautiful and tragic infographic on the best and worse countries for women, among the G20. The G20 nations include the U.S., China, India, Canada, Brazil, Germany, U.K., Australia and Indonesia. Care to guess who ranked as the best country for women? The worst?

The worst country for women as ranked by this study, of the 19 listed, was...drumroll...

  • India. Ranks below Saudi Arabia (18th) due to 56,000 maternal deaths in 2010, 44.5% of women are married before the age of 18, and 52% of women think it's okay for a man to beat his wife.
  • In Indonesia (17th), 90% of women have been sexually harassed, and women bring in 38% of the country's earned income.
  • In China (14th) 1.09 girls were dead or "missing" at childbirth due to infanticide.
  • Sex trafficking is a major issue in Russia (13th), where over 57,000 women suffer that fate every year.
  • We finally get to mixed news at Brazil (11th) where women are given 120 days of maternity leave with full pay, but an estimated quarter million children are involved in prostitution.
  • In Japan (7th) only 11% of the lower parliamentary house seats are held by women, but women have an excellent life expectancy there of 87 years.
  • The U.S. comes in at 6th with 60% of Master's degrees earned by women between 2008-2009. However, nearly 23 million women do not have health insurance, and the anti-abortion movement is on the rise.
  • Germany (2) boasts an 83 year life expectancy for women, and a relatively small gender pay gap of 21.6%. That a pay gap of that size is good news underlies how much work there is to be done worldwide.

And the number one country for women in the world is...

  • Canada. 62% of university graduates are female, and 3/4 of women 15-49 use contraception. One third of federally appointed judges are female, which one hopes will rise up to 50% in the coming years.

The report, with its bare statistics, is both depressing and hopeful. If the world is to improve on education, health care and human rights, bringing women up to equal footing as men is an absolutely crucial step. We can only hope the G20 countries are listening.

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