Global experts were polled by TrustLaw, a foundation of Thomson/Reuters, before the G20 Summit on June 18-19. According to the poll, Canada was voted as the best country to be a woman and India the worst.
The United States came in sixth in the poll that “was based on perceptions and not statistics,” which means the United States automatically starts at a disadvantage because the negative way in which the country is viewed by those who participate in such polls.
Trust Law asked a liberal hodgepodge of “aid professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, journalists and development specialists with expertise in gender issues” and the United States was docked because these experts thought the United States didn’t offer enough access to contraception; was more pro-life for their tastes; and disproportionately suffered from a “lack of access to affordable healthcare.”
Those polled included experts from organizations such as “United Nations Women, the International Rescue Committee, Plan International, Amnesty USA and Oxfam International,” and other “prominent academic institutions and campaigning organizations.”
Here is how the countries were ranked:
6. United States
10. South Korea
16. South Africa
18. Saudi Arabia