Tuesday, October 27, 2009

UN Economic Forum: Does the US have a Gender Gap?

The right wing likes to tell Americans we have the best health care system in the world, we are happiest nation in the world, we have the highest per capita and we are number one in gender equality.

Actually we are 37th in the world in health care according the WHO, Denmark is the happiest nation in the world, the Swiss have the highest per capita and we are 17th in the gender gap. The right has been lying though its teeth about where America fits in internationally.

The nations that usually are tops in the rankings are the Scandinavian and other European countries that have robust social systems that does a better job of caring for its citizens. This is why Europeans live longer and are taller than Americans.

The US can do better. The US women really are not doing well in economic opportunity and health and well being. To see how the US shapes up in gender equality:

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