Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and more than 70 percent of moms with young children are working. Yet women earned only 82 percent of what men made in 2017 and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that only 5.2 percent of S&P 500 companies’ chief executives are female.
Such obvious inequality sparks debates about gender roles in a shifting socioeconomic environment. Workplace inequality brings up not just financial questions but also deeply ingrained social issues. For instance, should women have to choose between career and family?
The real question, however, is what we’re doing about this fundamental problem. 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.
So, in order to help ease the burden on an underappreciated segment of the population, WalletHub compared state dynamics across 15 key metrics to identify the Best & Worst States for Working Moms. A complete breakdown of our findings, as well as expert commentary and a detailed methodology, can be found below.
Life as a Working Mom in Louisiana (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
• 48th – Day-Care Quality
• 50th – Pediatricians per Capita
• 45th – Gender Pay Gap (Women’s Earnings as % of Men’s)
• 43rd – Ratio of Female Executives to Male Executives
• 37th – Median Women’s Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
• 46th – Female Unemployment Rate
• 16th – Parental-Leave Policy Score
• 41st – Avg. Length of Woman’s Workday (in Hours)
• 49th – % of Single-Mom Families in Poverty
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