The U.S. doesn’t even crack the top 15 best countries for women

Credit: Stephen Morton

Credit: Stephen Morton

According to U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Countries" index released earlier this week, the best country in the world for women is Sweden.

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The U.S., which fell three spots to No. 7 among the best countries overall, didn't even crack the top 10—or 15—for women.

In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and global consulting brand BAV Consulting, analysts at U.S. News surveyed more than 21,000 people from 36 countries around the world.

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Survey participants assessed each nation by how closely they associated 65 different country attributes like “friendly,” “cares about human rights,” “educated” or “gender equality,” all of which fell under one of the nine sub-rankings: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, power, quality of life, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers and open for business.

To assess the "Best Countries for Women," analysts used relevant country attribute data to score and rank the countries.

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Sweden scored a perfect 10 in attributes of “gender equality” and “cares about human rights,” earning the country top honors.

Denmark, Norway, Netherlands and Canada rounded out the top five on the list.

The U.S., which scored a 7.2 for “gender equality” and a 6.3 for “cares about human rights” came in at No. 16.

According to the report, nearly 75 percent of respondents said they lost respect for the U.S. because of the "toxic tone" of the 2016 presidential campaign.

But despite the country's fall in the overall best countries ranking, the U.S. continues to be seen as the world's most powerful country.

In light of women around the world protesting for equal pay, civil rights and more for International Women's Day on March 8, here are the top 10 best countries in the world for women, according to U.S. News:

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Netherlands
  5. Canada
  6. Finland
  7. Switzerland
  8. Australia
  9. Austria
  10. New Zealand

More about the study and its methodology.