US 23rd in Global Women's Health Index

Of the 116 countries ranked in the 2021 Global Women's Health Index, the United States came in 23rd for women's health — a demographic suffering worldwide, data shows. 

The index, measured annually by Gallup and Hologic — a Marlborough, Mass.-based medical technology company focused on women's health — surveyed women in each country.  Each country is then ranked on women's preventive care, basic needs, emotional health, opinions of health and safety and individual health to produce a cumulative score out of 100. 

Globally, women's health scored a 54, with no country scoring better than 69. 

Key findings from the study: 

  • Countries that spend more per capita on healthcare score higher. The only exception is the U.S., which spends the most but scores a total of 61. 
  • The U.S. ranked second in preventive care. 
  • Four in 10 women said they feel worried or stressed the day before the survey. 
  • One in 4 reported feeling sadness or anger. 
  • Three in 10 women report physical pain during the day. 
  • One in 5 women report health problems that "prevent them from doing things people their age normally do." 
  • Higher education is associated with better health outcomes, while becoming pregnant before age 19 has the opposite effect. 

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