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27 Countries Better Than America At Electing Women To Congress Or Parliament

What do Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Iraq beat America at? Having women in congress or parliament, according to the World Bank. In fact, with only 18% of Congress made up of women, America is 91st in the world. Here are 27 countries ahead of the U.S.

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7. France / Via Marie-Lan Nguyen - Wikimedia Commons

France is 40th overall, with female leaders comprising 27% of the parliament. Here, Ségolène Royal, the runner-up in the 2007 French presidential election.


13. Australia

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard (shown here in a viral video decrying sexism) is among the 25% of Australia's parliament that is made up of women (they're 50th overall).


19. Germany / Via White House flickr

Here, German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with her G8 counterparts in May 2012. One-third of Germany's legislative body is female (26th overall).

20. Canada / Via Wikimedia Commons

Our neighbors to the North at 49th overall, with women leaders making up 25% of parliament. Here, Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, with Ban Ki-moon.

22. Lesotho / Via UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The African nation of Lesotho comes in at number 41, with women making up 27% of its legislature. Here, Health Minister Mphu Ramatlapeng addresses the United Nations.


26. Pakistan / Via Department of Defense

Here, Pakistan's Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, arrives in the United States in 1988. Pakistan's legislative assembly is 23% female (64th place), which is nearly 30 places higher than the United States.


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