Analysis: Pennsylvania ranks 42nd in women's equality


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Best and worst states for women's equality

WalletHub gave each state an overall ranking number with regard to women's equality, with number #1 being the best:
1 Hawaii
2 New York
3 Maryland
4 Maine
5 Nevada
6 Delaware
7 Minnesota
8 New Mexico
9 Florida
10 Rhode Island
11 Vermont
12 California
13 Massachusetts
14 Illinois
15 Wisconsin
T-16 Arizona
T-16 New Hampshire
18 Alaska
19 Missouri
20 Tennessee
21 North Dakota
22 North Carolina
23 South Dakota
24 Kentucky
25 Connecticut
26 Alabama
27 Washington
28 Colorado
29 West Virginia
30 South Carolina
31 Oregon
T-32 Iowa
T-32 Kansas
34 New Jersey
35 Mississippi
36 Michigan
37 Montana
T-38 Georgia
T-38 Ohio
T-40 Louisiana
T-40 Nebraska
42 Pennsylvania
43 Virginia
44 Arkansas
45 Oklahoma
46 Indiana
47 Texas
48 Idaho
49 Utah
50 Wyoming

August 26 was Women’s Equality Day, and the United States ranked a disappointing 23rd on the Global Gender Gap Index. And in the United States, Pennsylvania ranks poorly. In its analysis of the best and worst states for women’s equality in 2014, the personal finance social network WalletHub found that Pennsylvania ranked 42nd out of 50 states for women’s equality overall. Neighboring New York ranked 2nd overall.

In WalletHub’s breakdown, this is how Pennsylvania compares to the rest of the country with regard to women's equality:

18 — Earnings gap
31 — Executive positions gap

38 — Workday hours gap
32 — Educational attainment gap

32 — Minimum-wage workers gap
2 — Unemployment rate gap

42 — Political representation gap

To gauge the scope of gender-based disparities in the United States, WalletHub ranked each of the 50 states based on 10 key metrics ranging from the gap in the number of female and male executives, to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy, to the imbalance of their political representation. WalletHub highlights the most and least gender-egalitarian states to help women find the best career opportunities.

“Women’s rights in the United States have made leaps and bounds since the passage of the 19th Amendment,” says WalletHub. “Yet many women today still struggle to crack the proverbial glass ceiling. And it doesn’t take a feminist to convince anyone that the gender gap in 21st-century America remains disgracefully wide. In 2013, the U.S. failed to make the top 10 — or even the top 20 — of the World Economic Forum’s list of the most gender-equal countries. In fact, the U.S. had fallen one spot to No. 23 since 2012 and six spots since 2011 on the WEC’s annual Global Gender Gap Index. Worse, it lagged behind developing nations — including Burundi, Lesotho, Nicaragua and the Philippines — with primary areas of weakness in economic participation and political empowerment.”

For the full report, follow this link: http://bit.ly/YXzXgR.

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