Women are not equal in the U.S.

840629969_122163c283A new United Nations report says that it’s a myth that women are equal in the U.S.

We aren’t. Far from it. From the report:

US women do not take their rightful place as citizens of the world’s leading economy, which has one of the highest rates of per capita income. In the US, women fall behind international standards as regards their public and political representation, their economic and social rights and their health and safety protections.

You can read more here, from Laura Marsh.

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  1. The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified.

    They went to Alabama, Texas and Oregon. (They missed Kentucky!)

    While the delegates were shocked by many things they saw in the U.S., perhaps the biggest surprise of their trip, they said, was learning that women in the country don’t seem to know what they’re missing.
    “So many people really believe that U.S. women are way better off with respect to rights than any woman in the world,” Raday said. “They would say, ‘Prove it! What do you mean other people have paid maternity leave?'”

    Their report will be out in June 2016.

    I’ve been pursuing the UN 2015 Human Development Report today, too. We’re 8th.

      1. You never know what the tipping point is going to be. If women in this country decide to put partisan politics aside and demand real change, they’ll get it.

        But it’s like Frances Rady said: Too many women don’t realize they’re being manipulated and abused by the system. When they find out how incredibly easy it would be to reverse this bullshit…especially the healthcare and mortality issues…and how much money everybody can save doing it? Collectively? There will be some hell to pay.

        I hope I live long enough to see it.

  2. And as long as we’re on the subject of reports, KFF has a new interactive data presentation on State Profiles for Women’s Health.

    A few things stood out in the national data:
    –45% of all 2013 births were financed with Medicaid. Considering our disgraceful performance on infant and maternal mortality, this, in my opinion, need to be addressed by the government. ASAP.
    –The disproportionate rate of Black women living with HIV.
    –The HUGE amount of women reporting poor mental health status.

        1. Oh, not at all! I appreciate your sending it. I’m just sorry I couldn’t find a place for it sooner.

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