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March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day celebrating the political, economic, and social achievements of women. In honor of this special day, UK newspaper The Independent has identified the best and worst places to be a woman. Some of the results might surprise you. Is your country on the list?
Best Place to be a Woman: Iceland
According to The Independent, Iceland is the best place to be a woman as the European nation has the greatest level of equality between men and women. The paper considers politics, education, employment, and health issues when making a determination.
Worst Place to Be a Woman: Yemen
Using the metrics listed above, Yemen is the worst country in the world to be a woman, though Afghanistan is more dangerous.
Best Place to Give Birth: Greece
If you’re going to have a baby, Greece is the place to do it. Only one out of 31,800 women in Greece die while giving birth.
Worst Place to Give Birth: South Sudan
There are fewer than 20 midwives in all of South Sudan, The Independent reports, so birthing women much fend for themselves.
Best Place to Live a Long Life: Japan
The Japanese are known for living long lives, but Japanese women live particularly long with an average life expectancy of 87 (it’s 80 for men).
Worst Place to Live a Long Life: Lesotho
Lesotho, on the other hand, has dismal life expectancies with women living an average of 48 years and men an average of 50.
Best Place to be a Female Athlete: The United States
Five of the top ten highest-paid female athletes live in the United States.
Worst Place to be a Female Athlete: Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, bans girls from participating in sports at state schools and has never sent a female athlete to the Olympics.
Best Place to Land a High-Skilled Job: Jamaica
Nearly 60% of the high-skilled jobs in Jamaica (legislators, senior officials, managers, etc.) are filled by women.
Worst Place to Land a High-Skilled Job: Yemen
By comparison, only 2% of high-skilled jobs in Yemen are held by women.
Check out The Independent’s article to learn what other countries are great (and terrible) for women.