How America Ranks Among Industrialized Countries

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How America Ranks Among Industrialized Countries in Investing In and Protecting Children

  • 1st in gross domestic product
  • 1st in number of billionaires in the world
  • 1st in health expenditures
  • 1st in military technology
  • 1st in defense expenditures
  • 1st in military weapons exports
  • 16th in maternal mortality rates
  • 21st in 15-year-olds’ science scores
  • 22nd in low birthweight rates
  • 23rd in neonatal mortality rates
  • 25th in 15-year-olds’ math scores
  • 27th in infant mortality rates
  • Last in relative child poverty
  • Last in the gap between the rich and the poor
  • Last in adolescent (age 15 to 19) birth rates
  • Last in protecting our children against gun violence
  • Worst in the number of persons incarcerated
  • The United States and Somalia (which has no legally constituted government) are the only two United Nations members that have failed to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The United States is the only major industrialized country that does not guarantee prenatal care to pregnant women.

If we compare just Black child wellbeing to children in other nations:

  • 62 nations have lower infant mortality rates, including Barbados, Malaysia, and Thailand.
  • Over 100 nations have lower percentages of low birthweight births, including Algeria, Botswana, and Panama.
  • Black women in the United States are more likely to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth than mothers in Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.