Where do Canadian women rank among the world's most stressed?

The Globe and Mail

According to the results of a new survey, Canadian women don?t stress nearly as much as Indian women (iStockphoto)

If you’re a woman in Canada and you’re feeling stressed out, perhaps there’s some relief in knowing you’re not even in the top 10 of women worldwide who are feeling the stress these days.

Canada ranked 12th in a new survey of the countries in which women are the most stressed, conducted by the Neilsen Company.

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The Women of Tomorrow Study examined 6,500 women from 21 different countries from February through April of this year.

India proved to be the most stressful country, with a staggering 87 per cent of women there reporting feeling stressed most of the time. Mexico took second place, with 74 per cent of women saying they felt stressed most of the time. Rounding out the top 10 were Russia (69 per cent), Brazil (67 per cent), Spain (66 per cent), France (65 per cent), South Africa and Italy (both at 64 per cent), Nigeria (58 per cent), Turkey (56 per cent) and Britain (55 per cent).

Canada was in a three-way tie for 12th place with Japan and Australia. In all three countries, 52 per cent of women reported feeling stressed.

“Women across the globe are achieving higher levels of education, joining the work force in greater numbers and contributing more to the household income,” Susan Whiting, vice chair of Nielsen, said in a release. “Women tell Nielsen they feel empowered to reach their goals and get what they want, but at the same time, this level of empowerment results in added stress.”

Although women in emerging markets report feeling more stress, they are more optimistic about their daughters’ prospects than are women in developed countries.

A large majority – 80 per cent – of women in emerging markets believed their daughters will have more opportunities than they did, while women in developed nations said their daughters will only have the same opportunities. As well, 80 per cent of women in emerging markets said their daughters will have more financial stability than they do, something believed by only 40 per cent of women in developed nations.

“The difference in perception is … reflective of the belief that women in developed countries have achieved a certain level of attainment and success,” Ms. Whiting said. “While women in emerging markets see tremendous growth in the opportunities for their daughters, a plateau of hope is evident in developed countries.”

Do you think this survey hits the mark? Or are women in Canada more stressed than we think?

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