A recent WalletHub survey ranked the Best & Worst States for Working Moms, with Oregon, DC, Vermont, Maine, and New York coming out on top.
The survey looked at three areas:
- Child care: Day care quality and costs, access to pediatricians, and public school quality
- Professional opportunities: Gender pay gap, and the ratio of female-to-male executives
- Work-life balance: Parental leave policy, length of workday, and commute time
The ranking may seem like cause for celebration for the top states, but you could also see it as bad news for women in general. DC was the only state with a pay gap of less than 10%, and the highest ratio of female to male executives in the country was 74% – 37 women for every 50 men. By the time you get to fifth place, Montana, that ratio is less than 29 women for every 50 men. At the bottom end of the spectrum, some states have pay gaps of more than 25%, and a ratio of less than 1 female for every 3 male executives.