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September 20th, 2011
01:52 PM ET

New Newsweek report ranks women's progress in countries around the world

This week, leaders of nations from around the globe will convene in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting where Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff will be the first woman to deliver the opening address.

Rousseff's historic role in opening the gathering reflects the changing role of women in the world, a topic highlighted by  Newsweek's cover story this week.

Within the report, Newsweek ranks 165 countries, looking at five areas that affect women's lives: treatment under the law, workforce participation, political power, and access to education and health care.

Today on American Morning, Jesse Ellison, senior writer at Newsweek, talks with Alina Cho about what countries are the best and worst places to be a woman and explains what's holding the U.S. back from ranking in the top five.

Filed under: U.N. • Women's Rights
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