You've probably heard the humiliating results of the 2006 State of the World's Mothers report by Save The Children. The United States is ranked 10th in the world — tied with the UK — in a composite of several factors including:
- Lifetime risk of maternal mortality
- Percent of women using modern contraception
- Percent of births attended by skilled personnel
- Percent of pregnant women with anemia
- Adult female literacy rate
- Participation of women in national government
- Infant mortality rate
- Gross primary enrollment ratio
- Percent of population with access to safe water
- Percent of children under age 5 suffering from moderate or severe nutritional wasting
It's really not big news, however, because the U.S. has hovered in the 10-11 spots since 2001.
Tenth place. Tenth. I cannot imagine a more important metric of a country's success than the well-being of its mothers and children.
Apparently, our leaders can.