Best Places to Be a Mom? US Ranks #31 -- Ouch! Photo: Getty Images / The Bump
The organization Save the Children just came out with its annual Mothers’ Index, an analysis on health, education and economics of women and children around the world. In it, it ranks the best places to be a mother. And #1 on the list this year is Norway, where women earn more comparable salaries to men, use contraception, have a low mortality rate for kids under five and have a generous maternity leave policy.
The US came in at #31 among industrialized nations. Why so low? Well, we’re pretty much on the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to the amount of time and money we get for maternity leave. We’ve got low comparative representation in political office (only 17 percent of congressional seats are held by women), only 58 percent of kids go to preschool and, the saddest stat: We’ve got a higher rate of maternal and young child (under age five) death than many other wealthy countries.
What do you think of the ranking -- how do you feel about being a mom in the US?
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