Mother’s Day is fast approaching…which got us wondering: Where do moms have it best?According to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers Report, the United States is only the 25th best country in the world to be a mom. (That’s six spots better than it ranked last year. I’m a bit surprised. Are you?) Norway took the number one spot, and Sweden and Iceland took second and third place. How did Norway garner such an honor? Well, the country has one of the most generous maternity-leave policies among developed nations, and women there are highly educated and well represented in government. It also boasts the highest female-to-male income ratio and is tied for the second-lowest under-5 mortality rate.
Researchers compared the wellbeing of mothers in 165 countries—43 developed nations and 122 in the developing world—based on a variety of criteria including health, nutrition, education, and economic and political status. For more analysis of the list, check out this Huffington Post story.
What do you think of the results? How do you think our nation should change to make life better for mothers? Or, tell us why you think America is actually a fantastic place to be a mom.
(And don’t forget: You can make life better for your mom—at least for a little while—by doing something special for her on Mother’s Day. Start with these six ideas for personal cards and gifts)