The Best and Worst States to Be a Working Mother

The website WalletHub did a little research; they looked into the best and worst states to live in as a working mother. With women making up 50% of the workforce, their point was that while women work in the same numbers as men, they are still not supported in the way that they need to be. "Progress appears to be taking shape at different rates across the nation. Not only do parental leave policies and other legal support systems vary by state, but the quality of infrastructure — from cost-effective day care to public schools — is also far from uniform as well."

To craft their ranking, WalletHub looked at the states with the best and worst day-care systems, lowest and highest child-care costs, highest and lowest gender pay gap, and highest and lowest female-execute to male-executive ratio. You can scope out all their findings here, but we've pulled out the five best and worst states below for easy viewing.

5 Best States to Be a Working Mom

  1. Vermont
  2. Minnesota
  3. New Jersey
  4. Delaware
  5. Connecticut

5 Worst States to Be a Working Mom

  1. Alabama
  2. Louisiana
  3. Nevada
  4. Arizona
  5. Alaska

You can check out the full map below:

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<div style="width:556px;font-size:12px;color:#888;">Source: <a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-working-moms/3565/">WalletHub</a></div>

We look forward to the day when working moms have equal opportunity in each and every state.