Friday Link Love

A more random assortment than usual:

The Best and Worst Places in the World to Be a Woman -- Belfast Telegraph

In honor of yesterday's International Women's Day:

1. Best place to be a woman: Iceland

Iceland has the greatest equality between men and women, taking into account politics, education, employment and health indicators. The UK comes in at 16th place, down one since 2010. The worst is Yemen, and the most dangerous is Afghanistan.

2. Best place to be a politician: Rwanda

Rwanda is the only nation in which females make up the majority of parliamentarians. Women hold 45 out of 80 seats. The UK comes in at 45th place, behind Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. The worst countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar, Oman and Belize, have no women in parliament.

More at the link.


And while we're on the topic...

The Census Bureau Counts Fathers as "Child Care" -- NYT

...when they are caring for kids when the mother is working. Srsly?

If, every morning, I go off to work and my husband stays home with a child, that’s a “child care arrangement” in the eyes of this governmental institution. If the reverse is true, it’s not. I asked Ms. Laughlin if the Census Bureau collected data on the hours mothers spend offering “work support” to their husbands. “No,” she said. “We don’t report it in that direction.”

How's about we call both of those things "parenting" and get on with life in the 21st century, OK?


Fresh Guacamole -- YouTube

So clever:



The Exit Polls Tell the Story -- McSweeney's

Because you've got to embrace the silliness sometimes:

Romney was the overall winner among ascot-wearers. Santorum won among the subset of voters wearing denim ascots. Gingrich was the pick of those wearing gravy-stained ascots.



Lenten Epiphany -- theskyislaughing

Susan Olson does it again. Wise and heartfelt.


Lists of Note

What a fun site to browse. The latest list (as of this posting) includes 17 books that Hemingway "would rather read again for the first time [...] than have an assured income of a million dollars a year."


How Far Apart on Iran Are GOP Candidates, Obama? -- NPR

Last week's Link Love included a link to NPR's new ethics policies, in which they try to get away from gotcha, false-equivalence pieces. This story is a perfect example of that. It's actually a real news story, not a puff piece about the horse race. They even correct a factual error that one of the candidate made.



That's all I got today. Peace be with you.