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The best and worst countries for women: 2019 Women's Liveability Index

Australia has been ranked for how well it treats women - and the results might surprise you.

By Rebecca Sullivan
Being a woman is pretty damn awesome most of the time, but the sad reality is that we still very much live in a man's world.
Millions of women around the globe - and here in Australia - still don't have access to the same opportunities and quality of life that men do.
But don't just take our word for it. The 2019 Women's Liveability Index was released today, on International Women's Day, and it provides a snapshot of what life is like for women around the world.
It's a definitive ranking of 100 countries determined through four categories - infrastructure, inequality, legislation and work.
"Within these categories, we looked at basic necessities such as health, safety and education which covers domestic violence rates, female life expectancy and female literacy rate," said Nestpick, the company behind the research.
"Inequality includes data on the gender wage gap, female sanitary product tax rates and human trafficking. Legislation looks at divorce laws, days of maternity leave and women's suffrage. and Women in Work analyses the percentage of women in C-level, governmental and founder positions."
Yeah they do! (Image: Getty)
Here is the full list of categories used to determine each country's score:
  • Percentage of women in government
  • Percentage of women in C-level positions
  • Number of female entrepreneurs
  • Number of professional female athletes in Olympics
  • Women in STEM roles score
  • Safety score
  • Education score
  • Health score
  • Gender wage gap
  • Global gender gap index
  • Female sanitary product tax rate
  • Women at risk of period poverty score
  • Human trafficking score
  • Equal Pay Day - The day from which women essentially work for free until the end of the year, due to the gender wage gap.
  • Women's legislation score
  • Abortion legality
  • Length of maternity leave in days
  • The year that women could vote
  • Living standard score
In many countries around the world women have to fight for basic rights. (Image: Getty)
Here is the list of the top 50 countries - Australia came in at spot 12, in front of the UK and the US.
  1. Norway
  2. Sweden
  3. Canada
  4. Finland
  5. Iceland
  6. Denmark
  7. Ireland
  8. Slovenia
  9. Austria
  10. Estonia
  11. Germany
    12. Australia
  12. Singapore
  13. Switzerland
  14. France
  15. Netherlands
  16. Spain
  17. New Zealand
  18. United Kingdom
  19. Belgium
  20. Slovak Republic
  21. Czech Republic
  22. Italy
  23. Lithuania
  24. Portugal
  25. Croatia
  26. South Korea
  27. Greece
  28. Latvia
  29. Hungary
  30. Poland
  31. United States
  32. Japan
  33. Malta
  34. Bulgaria
  35. Romania
  36. Chile
  37. Serbia
  38. Uruguay
  39. Israel
  40. Montenegro
  41. Argentina
  42. Albania
  43. Kazakhstan
  44. Costa Rica
  45. Ukraine
  46. Cuba
  47. Moldova
  48. Macedonia, FYR
  49. Armenia
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So, how well did Australia do?
We achieved a score of 7.940. For context, the #1 ranked country Norway achieved a score of 8.699.
Here is how we performed in every single category:
Percentage of women in government: 26.4 percent
Percentage of women in C-level positions: 36.3 percent
Number of female entrepreneurs: 5.53
Percentage of professional female athletes in Olympics: 51.04 percent
Women in STEM score: 7.85
Safety score: 8.19
Education score: 9.71
Health score: 8.84
Gender wage gap: 14.29 percent
Global gender gap index: 0.73
Female sanitary product tax rate: 0
Women at risk of period poverty score: 10/10
Human trafficking score: 10/10
Equal Pay Day: November 8
Women's legislation Score: 7.31
Abortion legality: 4
Length of maternity leave in days: 126
The year that women could vote: 1902
Living standard score: 8.23

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