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These Are the Best and Worst States for Women's Equality

These Are the Best and Worst States for Women's Equality

We (unfortunately) don't have to look hard to find evidence of women's inequality in the U.S. Scan the World Economic Forum's ranking of the most gender-equal countries and you’ll see the U.S. comes in a solid 28th place — even falling behind developing countries like Rwanda and Bolivia. Or you could compare your paycheck to your male colleague’s pay stub and (very likely) see the disparity right there in dollars and cents.

But that's hardly all. As WalletHub points out in its new report, women are severely underrepresented in leadership roles, board rooms, and in government—all while being overrepresented in the nation’s minimum wage workforce. “Feminist or not, any American can easily discern the disgracefully wide gender gap in 21st-century America,” WalletHub writes in its report, titled 2016’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality.

In honor of Women’s Equality Day — Friday, Aug. 26 — WalletHub identified the that states provide women the most equality. WalletHub’s analysts measured states in 15 ways — from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity between the number of women and men who’ve attained bachelor's degrees and the percentage of lawmakers who are women — to determine the best and worst states for women’s equality.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, several Southern states ranked the worst for women's equality, with Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, and Kentucky (if you consider everything south of the Mason Dixon line to be the South), while Northeastern states overwhelmingly dominated the best states for women's equality.

Here are the best and worst states, as ranked by WalletHub.

The 10 Best States for Women's Equality
1. Hawaii
2. Alaska
3. Maine
4. California
5. Vermont
6. New Hampshire
7. Minnesota
8. Maryland
9. New York
10. Wisconsin

The 10 Worst States for Women’s Equality (from the worst to slightly better)
1. Utah
2. Georgia
3. New Jersey
4. Pennsylvania
5. Louisiana
6. South Carolina
7. Mississippi
8. Kentucky
9. Oklahoma
10. Virginia

As mentioned previously, the best states lead the nation in providing the most equal workplace environments, education, and political empowerment, while the worst states lag behind in these areas. You can see how your state — and all the 50 states — ranked here, as well as get additional details on how each state was ranked.

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