Dread Pirate Jimbo and I were having a discussion about how far women’s rights have come since our grandmothers weren’t allowed to vote or own land in Canada, and we were wondering about which countries are the best and worst for women’s rights, and what the benchmarks for measuring women’s rights would be.
Some of the benchmarks we came up with are:
Wage disparity between men and women.
Reproductive decision-making capacity for women. As in, do women really get to choose about having both sex and children? How about genital mutilation for young girls?
Equal opportunities for education for girls and boys.
Attitudes towards women and things traditionally associated with women in the general population and culture.
Laws regarding ownership of land, corporations and inheritance the same for men and women.
Canadian women are still not earning equal pay for equal work (about $0.77 to a man’s dollar), but it is better than it was in my mother’s day. As for the other benchmarks, I think we’re doing alright. Canadian women own land, corporations, and can inherit anything the men can. Canadian women have easy access to birth control of all kinds, as well as abortions, and contribute more or less equally to making decisions about having sex and children. Canadian girls go to school just like the boys; there’s still some work to be done in the school system to keep things on an equal level for boys and girls.
We have had a female Prime Minister in Canada, but we probably won’t have another for quite awhile. The general popular attitude towards women is not bad. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Overall, I give Canada about a 7.5 out of ten for women’s rights.
We were hoping that Dopers around the world could contribute here and give us an idea of how they think their country is doing regarding the overall equality of women and men.