With glass ceilings cracking all over the place, especially when it comes to leadership roles in the public- and private- sectors and with the number of women outpacing men in college enrollment, what are the best and worst states for women in 2015?
To answer that question, the folks at WalletHub used 13 metrics to examine the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care.
Best States for Women
Worst States for Women
- In the District of Columbia, the median earnings for female workers (adjusted for cost of living) are 200% those of Hawaii. In addition, the share of women-owned businesses is 200% that of South Dakota. And, the percentage of women who voted in the 2012 presidential election in DC is 200% that of West Virginia.
- In Nevada, the unemployment rate for women is 400% that of North Dakota.
- In Mississippi, the percentage of women living in poverty is 300% that of New Hampshire. Speaking of New Hampshire, the high school dropout rate for women in Arizona is 800% that of New Hampshire.
- In Texas, the uninsured rate of females is 700% that of Massachusetts.
So, let's celebrate Women's History Month and all of the progress that's been made toward the goal of equal treatment under the law.
But, don't celebrate too much, as progress toward the goal isn't equivalent to achieving the goal. For example, in some states, women fall behind their male counterparts in various measures. To wit:
- women represent ~67% of all U.S. minimum-wage workers; and,
- in the 22 states that have refused to expand their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, women comprise the majority of poor uninsured adults.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the WalletHub data, click on the following link: