MA Ranked Among Best States for Women in U.S.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019
GoLocalWorcester News Team

MA is ranked as one of the best states in the U.S. for women.
Massachusetts is one of the best states in the U.S. for women.

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Massachusetts is ranked as the second-best state in the country for women.

"In 2019, women in some parts of America still get the short end of the stick — even as they outnumber men in most states. For instance, women represent nearly two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. Their political representation also suffers, as women make up 51% of the U.S. population but only 25% of the Senate and 23.4% of the House of Representatives. And the prevalence of sexual harassment remains a prominent issue in 2019’s political landscape," said WalletHub. 

MA’s Rankings

  • 5th Best - Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being
  • 1st - Women’s Health & Safety
  • 1st - Lowest Female Uninsured Rate
  • 1st - Lowest Female Homicide Rate

 

The Rankings

The top five best states for women are:

1. Minnesota

2. Massachusetts

3. North Dakota

4. District of Columbia

5. New York

 

51st. Louisiana

See the Rankings in the Map Below

Source: WalletHub

 

The Method

In order to identify the best and worst states for women, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, “Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being” and “Women’s Health & Safety.”

They examined those dimensions using 24 relevant metrics.

WalletHub then determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate the rankings.

Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being – Total Points: 60

  • Median Earnings for Female Workers: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Job Security for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Women Living in Poverty: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Unaffordability of Doctor’s Visit: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Women-Owned Businesses: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • “Economic Clout” of Women-Owned Firms Rank: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • High School Graduation Rate for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Working Moms: Double Weight (~9.23 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Women’s Equality: Double Weight (~9.23 Points)
  • Share of Women Who Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)

 

Women’s Health Care & Safety – Total Points: 40

  • Quality of Women’s Hospitals: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Female Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Women with Good or Better Health: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Women’s Preventive Health Care: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Physically Active Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Women Who Are Obese: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Baby-Friendliness: Double Weight (~5.71 Points)
  • Depression Rate for Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Suicide Rate for Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Female Homicide Rate: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Prevalence of Rape Victimization Among Females: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Prevalence of Stalking Victimization Among Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)

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