Ladies, Steer Clear: 17 Countries Where Women Thrive (and You Should Too)

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American women are seeking empowerment and inspiration beyond our borders! Are you tired of navigating through spaces where sexism still holds sway? Well, you’re not alone. Join us as we embark on a journey to 17 countries that serve as havens of empowerment for women like us. From the icy landscapes of Iceland to the sunny shores of New Zealand, each destination offers not just a break from sexism but also valuable lessons in equality, respect, and the power of community. So, pack your bags and let’s explore these empowering destinations together!

1. Iceland

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Iceland tops the charts for gender equality, offering an inspiring example of equal pay, shared parental leave, and strong women’s rights protections. It’s a place where female empowerment is not just preached but practiced.

2. Norway

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With its progressive policies on work-life balance, childcare, and political representation, Norway stands as a sanctuary for women seeking respect and equality in all spheres of life.

3. Sweden

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Sweden’s commitment to gender equality shines in its feminist foreign policy and efforts to close the gender gap. It’s a society where women’s voices are amplified and valued.

4. Finland

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Finland celebrates women in leadership, boasting one of the world’s youngest female prime ministers. The country’s support for mothers and dedication to equal rights make it a haven for female empowerment.

5. Denmark

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Denmark’s focus on gender equality and human rights, along with its high safety standards, makes it a welcoming destination for women traveling solo or seeking a society where gender bias takes a backseat.

6. New Zealand

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Led by a female prime minister lauded for her leadership, New Zealand is a testament to the strength and potential of women in governing roles. It’s a place that champions equality and the empowerment of all genders.

7. Canada

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Canada’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion extends to its strong stance on women’s rights, making it a nurturing environment for American women looking for a society that respects and celebrates female achievements.

8. Netherlands

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With its liberal policies and supportive social systems, the Netherlands offers a progressive environment where women’s rights, autonomy, and freedom are prioritized.

9. Switzerland

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Switzerland’s strides in gender equality and its dedication to fostering a safe and equitable society make it an attractive destination for women seeking both adventure and respect.

10. Australia

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Australia’s vibrant feminist movements and initiatives aimed at closing the gender gap create an empowering backdrop for women travelers.

11. Germany

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Germany’s commitment to gender equality is evident in its policies on family leave, representation in business, and efforts to combat gender-based violence, providing a model of empowerment.

12. France

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France’s historical and ongoing fight for women’s rights, exemplified by its progressive family policies and gender equality legislation, offers inspiration and refuge.

13. Spain

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With its recent advancements in women’s rights and gender equality laws, Spain stands as a beacon of hope for women looking for societies that are actively fighting against sexism.

14. Portugal

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Portugal’s efforts to promote gender equality, especially in the workplace and in politics, make it a promising destination for women seeking a more balanced and fair society.

15. Belgium

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Belgium’s strong policies on gender equality, anti-discrimination laws, and support for women’s rights make it a haven for female empowerment.

16. Austria

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Austria, with its beautiful landscapes, is also known for its progressive stance on women’s rights, offering a peaceful and empowering environment for female travelers.

17. Ireland

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Ireland’s recent strides in women’s rights, particularly with the legalization of abortion and efforts towards gender equality, mark it as an emerging destination for women seeking empowerment and equality.

Beyond Borders: Finding Empowerment

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The journey to empowerment takes many forms, and for American women, it can mean exploring lands where sexism is challenged and equality is a shared goal. These 17 countries are not just travel destinations; they are beacons of hope, showcasing what societies can achieve when they commit to gender equality. They remind us that, across oceans and borders, the fight for a fair and equitable world continues, and it’s a journey worth taking.

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Traveling solo as a woman? It’s an adventure with its own set of challenges. From street safety to discrimination, some spots are riskier than others. We’ve used the Women’s Danger Index and other resources to craft a guide that helps you choose your destinations wisely. Unveiling the 21 Places Single Women Should Avoid at All Costs

Ghost Roads of America: 12 Haunted Highways with Tales of Terror and Creepy Rest Stops

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18 High-Crime Cities in the US You Should Avoid

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20 Things That Americans Tolerate That Canadians Would Never Accept

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Canadians often find American customs ranging from amusing to astonishing. From the quirky to the confounding, let’s explore the U.S. through a Canadian lens—maple syrup and poutine in hand. Get ready for a journey that’s both odd and insightful, seen from the Great White North. 20 Things That Americans Tolerate That Canadians Would Never Accept

22 of America’s Most Charming Towns

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Hit the road and discover America’s coziest towns, real-life versions of those quaint settings from your favorite novels. Explore charming streets where every storefront tells a story and locals greet everyone with a hello. Ready to dive into the charm? 22 of America’s Most Charming Towns

The post Escape Sexism: 17 Countries Women Love republished on Passing Thru with permission from The Green Voyage.

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For transparency, this content was partly developed with AI assistance and carefully curated by an experienced editor to be informative and ensure accuracy.

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