If you imagine countries where women and girls have it worst, the United States probably doesn’t come to mind.
Here, women can drive; they don’t need male guardians to travel, work or receive health care. Girls can pursue an education without fear of being attacked or abducted for wanting to learn. They are rarely forced into marriages at young ages, kidnapped by would-be husbands or killed if they choose whom to love.
Stories like these may happen elsewhere, but they shock American sensibilities. We prefer to think of our country as an example of what is possible.