50 Best to Worst States for Women: Ranking the States on the Issues
How do the states fare when it comes to health, economic well-being, female representation, access to affordable childcare, reproductive rights and education? Read on for the results of iVillage's investigation
Our Criteria: How closely does a woman’s economic status affect her overall wellness? Strongly, according to our analysis. We looked at the number of women-owned businesses, poverty level and median earnings for women in each state.
Top 5 States: Maryland was the best state for women economically, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii and New York. Maryland, the state with the highest earnings for women, also had the second-lowest female poverty rate and highest percentage of female-owned businesses. Virginia also scored in the top 10 on all three categories.
Bottom 5 States: Women fared worst in Mississippi, followed by Idaho, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Montana. Median earnings and poverty show a strong connection in places like Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia.