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MA Ranked 2nd Best State in U.S. for Women

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

 

Massachusetts is one of the best states for women in the country.

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Massachusetts is the 2nd best state in the U.S. for women.

“In 2018, women in some parts of America still get the short end of the stick — even as they outnumber men in most states. For instance, women represent nearly two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. Their political representation also suffers, as women make up 51% of the U.S. population but only 22% of the Senate and 19.3% of the House of Representatives. And the prevalence of sexual harassment has become a prominent issue in 2018’s political landscape, from #MeToo to #TimesUp,” said WalletHub.

MA’s Rankings

  • 6th Best - Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being
  • 2nd Best - Women’s Health & Safety
  • 1st - Lowest Female Uninsured Rate
  • 5th Best - Highest Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth

 

The Rankings

Best States for Women     Worst States for Women

1  Minnesota                      42 Texas

2  Massachusetts              43 Georgia

3  Vermont                         44 Nevada

4  North Dakota                 45 West Virginia

5  Wisconsin                      46 South Carolina

6  Maine                            47 Alabama

7  Hawaii                           48 Oklahoma

8  Connecticut                  49 Mississippi

9  Iowa                              50 Arkansas

10 New Hampshire          51 Louisiana

 

See the Full Rankings in the Map Below

Source: WalletHub

The Method

In order to identify the best and worst states for women, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, “Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being” and “Women’s Health & Safety.”

They examined those dimensions using 23 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for women.

WalletHub then determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being – Total Points: 60

  • Median Earnings for Female Workers: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate for Women: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Job Security for Women: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Share of Women Living in Poverty: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Unaffordability of Doctor’s Visit: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Share of Women-Owned Businesses: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • High School Graduation Rate for Women: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Working Moms: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Women’s Equality: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Share of Women Who Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
     

 

Women’s Health Care & Safety – Total Points: 40

  • Quality of Women’s Hospitals: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Female Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Women with Good or Better Health: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Women’s Preventive Health Care: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Physically Active Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Women Who Are Obese: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Baby-Friendliness: Double Weight (~5.71 Points)
  • Depression Rate for Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Suicide Rate for Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Female Homicide Rate: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Prevalence of Rape Victimization Among Females: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Prevalence of Stalking Victimization Among Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
 

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