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Life Lessons: Work/Life Balance

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 30 2013 04:29:44 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2013 06:45:55 AM CDT

For many women, it can be a struggle to find a healthy balance between work life and home life.

For many women, it can be a struggle to find a healthy balance between work life and home life.

But do women in the U.S. have an easier time than women in other countries?

An organization called the EOCD periodically tracks working conditions in different countries. The organization is designed to give governments information about families: if they're happy, if they have enough extra money to put back into the economy.

This latest study looks at which countries meet the challenge of giving people a good balance between work life and family life . And the U.S. is not number one on the list.

What constitutes a balance between work and life?

The OECD decided on three key factors to rank the 34 countries: long work hours of over 50 hours per week, time spent on personal care and leisure, and employment rates for women with kids.

At number one is Denmark. They have the lowest child poverty rates of  3.7 percent compared to the U.S.'s average of 21.6 percent, but most family support for the U-S is given via tax breaks.

Norway is number two. Women spend 1,407 hours per year at work while the U.S.'s average is 1,778, equaling out to about seven hours less a week than the U.S.

However, the U.S. is leading in female employment rate with children of 73 percent.

But the top three countries do have a downside.

There are fewer women in leadership positions and, on average, they make much less than their male counterparts.