Survey: This is the best state for women’s equality

New research from WalletHub shows that the best state for women’s rights this year is New York, which racked up a “total score” of 68.66.

New research from WalletHub shows that the best state for women’s equality this year is New York, which racked up a “total score” of 68.66.

The company’s methodology was detailed, but it took a look at the 50 states in terms of “education & health,” “workplace environment” and “political empowerment.” They then analyzed them in terms of 16 other factors before eventually giving each one a “total score” out of 100. WalletHub used information from the U.S. Census Bureau, among many other sources.

The Top 10 states “for women’s rights”

Did yours make the cut?

1) New York, total score: 68.66

2) Minnesota, total score: 67.07

3) Maine, total score: 64.78

4) Nevada, total score: 64.33

5) Hawaii, total score: 62.85

6) Delaware, total score: 62.37

7) Alaska, total score: 62.27

8) North Dakota, total score: 62.21

9) Washington, total score: 61.69

10) New Mexico, total score: 61 .65

Utah came in last place (#50) with a total score of 25.51.

How the states compare to each other

The infographic approaches the topic from a variety of angles:

Here’s how to eliminate the gender pay gap

Lisa Jepsen, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Northern Iowa, told WalletHub what can be done to work towards this goal.

“Policies that help women increase their educational attainment and work experience, break into traditionally male-dominated occupations, and minimize the disruption to their work due to childcare should help close the gender pay gap. The more that men can help out in the household, the greater the chance to close the pay gap,” she told the site.

“The seminal research on the gender pay gap comes from Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn (‘The Gender Wage Gap: Extent, Trends, and Explanations’ Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. LV, September 2017, pp. 789-865). They find that many of ‘traditional explanations’ still hold. As women gain in educational attainment and work experience, the gap closes. Decreasing gender differences in occupations help close the gap. The ‘motherhood penalty’ still exists, as do differences between the time men and women spend on household tasks, particularly child care,” Jepsen continued.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.