The Best and Worst States for Working Moms

If you’re thinking about the ideal place to raise a family, these new findings might help put things in perspective.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released a report Wednesday that ranked all 50 states and the Distrcit of Columbia on four criteria proven to get and keep women in the workforce: access to paid leave; support for dependent and elder care; childcare cost and quality; and the gender gap in labor force. 

The top three places that received the highest grades were New York, California, and Washington D.C. The report ranked Indiana the worst state for working moms to live, followed by Utah and Montana. Forty states scored a zero on the paid leave index, reports Fortune, meaning that workers in those states don’t have rights to paid family and medical leaves, or paid sick days. 

According to IWPR, working moms either bring in money entirely on their own, or contribute 40 percent of family earnings if they’re married. Not only do half of children in the U.S. have breadwinning mothers, but studies have shown that children of working moms benefit from this enviornment later in life.

See more details of IWPR’s report here and find out where your state ranks. 

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