Earlier this month we noted how Thomson Reuters had named Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country for women. Now Nielsen is posing a new question: Where are women most stressed? To get an answer, the research firm asked women in ten emerging markets and eleven developed markets if they feel pressured for time, rarely have time to relax, and feel stressed and overworked.
To be sure, the survey certainly doesn't cover the whole world--there are only a few countries from the Middle East and Africa, for example--but the results are nonetheless interesting. Nielsen found that women in emerging economies are significantly more stressed than their counterparts in developed countries, and Indian women are the most stressed of all, with a whopping 87 percent of respondents in India saying they are pressed for time. And the least stressed women? According to data provided to The Atlantic Wire by Nielsen, Malaysian women reported the lowest stress levels of any emerging market in all three categories surveyed: 44 percent said they were often pressed for time, 23 percent said they were often overworked/stressed, and 31 percent said they rarely had time to relax.