Is it really wrong for a wife to stay at home if the family can afford it?
I mean, jeez, usually "homemakers" are busier than working people!
Literacy rate, education rate, and health rates of women are very important figures -- but the amount of women in the labor force and in elected positions seems very misleading. Probably a better indicator of equality would be the number of men in traditionally "women's" positions, such as how many male homemakers there are, PTA leaders, educators at lower grade-levels, nursing, etc. You get the idea, and it would probably have to change criteria from culture to culture because of the different expectations of women, but otherwise we're defining equality as "women being like men," which is totally bogus.