The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, 1909, a day designated by the Socialist Party of America to honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. From there, the day expanded internationally to include women’s movements agitating for the right to vote, work, and hold public office. It joined with other movements working to topple the Czarist regime in Russia and protest World War I. In some places, it’s even a public holiday. (In 1965, the Soviet Union declared March 8 a non-working day “in commemoration of outstanding merits of the Soviet women in communistic construction.”)

In honor of International Women’s Day somewhat left-leaning origins, here’s a look at the countries where work, life and health conditions for women are the best. There’s no clear stand-out country or region, but in general, it seems like you’d be better off somewhere in either Scandinavia or Southern Europe. Peru (and the U.S.) don’t come off that well, but New Zealand and even Rwanda might not be a bad option:


From The Secular Jurist:  It is interesting to note that the 11 nations listed above the U.S. on the Glass-ceiling Index are all social democracies of one form or another.