STURGIS, S.D. – With Women’s Equality Day around the corner and the U.S. ranking as only the 43rd best country for gender equality, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality, as well as expert commentary.
In order to determine where women receive the most equal treatment in American society, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity in unemployment rates for women and men.
South Dakota ranked 37th in the study.
|Best States for Women’s Equality||Worst States for Women’s Equality|
|1. Hawaii||41. Oklahoma|
|2. Alaska||42. Alabama|
|3. Maine||43. Louisiana|
|4. Delaware||44. Kansas|
|5. Vermont||45. North Dakota|
|6. California||46. Missouri|
|7. Oregon||47. Georgia|
|8. New York||48. Idaho|
|9. New Mexico||49. Texas|
|10. Nevada||50. Utah|
Best vs. Worst
- In every state, women earn less than men. Rhode Island has the lowest gap, with women earning 8.50 percent less, whereas Utah has the highest, 25.40 percent.
- In nearly every state, women represent the highest share of minimum-wage workers. Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota have an equal ratio of women to men. Delaware and Georgia have the highest minimum-wage workers gap, at 70.00 percent.
- Connecticut has the highest unemployment-rate gap favoring women, with 1.60 percent more unemployed men. Kentucky has the highest gap favoring men, with 1.50 percent more unemployed women. The unemployment rate is equal for men and women in Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and North Dakota.
- In nearly every state legislature, male lawmakers outnumber their female counterparts. Nevada has the highest gap favoring women, with 62.50 percent more women. West Virginia has the highest gap favoring men, with 87.39 percent more men.
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