I recently read an interesting article on the best and worst places to be a woman.  The article based its conclusions on multiple aspects and used over twenty different criteria.  Overall, the statistics and assessments shown in the article reveal some brutal results in conclusions of some of the worst places for women to live, while at the same time they offer hope for women in the future in some of the best places to live.  Naturally displaying my US pride and patriotism, I assumed the US would place high, and be listed as one of the top places for women to live concerning the majority of the categories and criteria.  Wrong.  The US was ranked as the best place for women to live in one category: best place to be an athlete.  According to the article, the US has five out of the ten top paid female athletes.  So what message is this assessment sending to women in the US?  I would interpret two things, (1) women’s satisfaction is based on money, and (2) As a woman in the US, your best chance at making a good salary is by becoming a professional athlete – a feat that we all know is a rare accomplishment.  Congratulations to the US.  So what were the other categories of assessment for the best place to be a woman that the US missed out on? – best place to be a politician, give birth, break the glass ceiling, for longevity, for high-skilled jobs, for reproductive rights, and for women’s literacy (compared to men’s), to name a few.  The article does well to provide scientific evidence and research statistics in order to back the evaluations made in the above mentioned categories, and what is interesting is that no country is listed twice.  After looking over the statistics and explanations provided of the “bests” and “worsts”, I can officially conclude that, as a woman, I am moving to Iceland – the number one best rated place to be a woman in general, based on equality in politics, education, employment, and health.  That is, unless my athletic career begins to take off, in which case it is the US for me!

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