Hey, happy Mother’s Day, U.S. moms! You’re No. 25!
As my colleague Eryn Brown wrote, the aid organization Save the Children released its annual State of the World’s Mothers report Tuesday. And though the United States isn’t Niger, which ranked last in the report, it was found lacking among its industrialized peers.
The United States performs relatively poorly among the 43 developed nations in the rankings because mothers here have a 1 in 2,100 risk of pregnancy-related death — the worst of any industrialized nation, Save the Children said. The United States ranked 41st in child mortality. Women in the U.S. have relatively low political status, and children here aren’t enrolled in preschool as often as in other countries. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee working mothers paid leave, the group said.
So dads, I’m just spitballing here, but I’m thinking the dopey card, Internet roses and box of chocolates are not going be to quite enough to overcome that laundry list of shortcomings. (And if you’re one of the truly brave ones who booked dinner and some romance, with a little something from Victoria’s Secret -- fuggedaboutit!)
Now it’s true, as Brown points out, that the United States “climbed six places to 25th, sandwiched between Belarus and the Czech Republic.”