The Best (And Worst) U.S. States For Women

  • 24/7 Wall Street has come out with a report revealing the U.S. states that do the best and worst when it comes to gender equality
  • They looked at several measures of gender equality, including the wage gap, as well as flexibility in the workplace during pregnancy and early motherhood, and women in leadership and more
  • Rhode Island was named the best state for women, while Mississippi was named the worst 

As we previously told you, Iceland ranks as the best country for women in the workforce according to “The Economist,” with the U.S. ranking in seventh place. While overall the U.S. may not be getting the highest marks on how they treat women, some states certainly do a better job than others when it comes to gender equality, and a new 24/7 Wall Street report has determined which are doing the best and which are doing the worst.

The site looked at several measures of gender equality, including the wage gap between men and women, as well as flexibility in the workplace during pregnancy and early motherhood, and women in leadership, both in business and politics, to determine which states are the best for women, and some of the leaders aren’t all that surprising.

Overall, the best state for gender equality is Rhode Island, thanks to state mandated accommodations for pregnant workers, as well as expansions to the Family Medical Leave act for both private and public jobs. Females in Rhode Island also make 85.8% of a male’s salary, which is the fifth highest in the country, with 43.6% of management jobs held by women, which is also the fifth highest in the country.

The Ten Best U.S. States For Women

  1. Rhode Island
  2. New York
  3. California
  4. Oregon
  5. Connecticut
  6. Hawaii
  7. Vermont
  8. New Jersey
  9. Washington
  10. Massachusetts

On the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi is the worst state in the country for women, with female workers making about $31,110, which is the lowest of any state in the U.S., and only 75% of what men make. It hasn’t done anything to expand federal protections for pregnant women, and there are very few women in leadership roles in the state.

The Ten Worst States in the U.S. for Women

  1. Mississippi
  2. Wyoming
  3. Idaho
  4. Utah
  5. South Dakota
  6. North Dakota
  7. Indiana
  8. Montana
  9. Alabama
  10. Kansas

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

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