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New Study Ranks Best & Worst States for Working Moms

The Short of It

WalletHub has released a study about 2015's Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

The Lowdown

WalletHub said in a press release that it wanted to research conditions for working mothers in America as a way to shine a light on the salary inequality that still exists between men and women, despite the fact that women comprise 50 percent of the workforce.

For the study, WalletHub looked at a variety of key metrics, including median women's salary, female unemployment rates, and daycare quality and costs. It turns out working mamas fare best in Vermont, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Some of the worst states for working mothers are Oklahoma, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia and Arkansas.

A few more highlights from the study:

  • Louisiana ranks the lowest out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Child care costs place a huge burden on D.C. working moms; they will spend two times as much as those in Tennessee.
  • New York state boasts the best daycare system; Idaho has the worst.
  • Vermont ranked high on the list due to the accessibility of pediatric services.
  • Virginia fared well because the median salary for women is fairly high; two times higher than in Hawaii.
  • And working mothers in Nevada face a very high female unemployment rate, which is four times higher than in North Dakota.

The Upshot

WalletHub hopes this new report will start a conversation and spur action to even out the gender inequality inherent in the American workforce.

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