Here Are The Best And Worst States For Working Moms


Here Are The Best And Worst States For Working Moms

Thanks to WalletHub we have extensive knowledge and the best and worst states for working moms. And although some are not shocking, the data confirms a problem we have known for a while, it isn't easy being a woman.

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State Ranking

Last year, 71% of mothers with children under the age of 18, were working. Additionally, employed fathers were more likely to work full time, 95.7% compared to the 77.2% of employed mothers. Women currently only hold 4.6% of CEO positions within S&P 500 companies.

Where does your state rank?

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The Top Five States For Working Moms

If you're a working mom, the following states will make your life a little easier. The parameters include; child care, career opportunities, and work/life balance:

  1. Vermont

  2. Minnesota

  3. Massachusetts

  4. District of Columbia

  5. Connecticut

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The Top Five Worst States For Working Moms

With lack of child care and career opportunities, the following states are not ideal for working moms:

  1. Idaho

  2. Louisiana

  3. Alabama

  4. Nevada

  5. South Carolina

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Child Care

Child care is key in allowing a mother to return to work. Here are the best & worst states in providing day-care services.

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Child Care Cost

There are many factors when deciding on child care, price being one of the,. Is it financially beneficial to work and pay for full-time childcare services?

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Career Opportunities

Becoming a mom isn't easy but finding a job or career path, is another hurdle. It seems some states facilitate opportunities for women whereas others hurt career and financial potential. If there are no opportunities, women can't succeed.

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What's Next?

Where do we go from here? It's not an easy question but there are answers. Make child care a necessity. Companies like Patagonia, offer in office childcare for all ages. Reformatting maternity (and paternity) leave to create a seamless transition is vital in the American workforce. And the pay gap... "in 2017 women earned 82% of what men earned. Based on this information, it would take an extra 47 days of work for women to earn what men did in 2017." This number has only gotten worse, a new study shows that in 2022, women now earn only 73 cents for every dollar that a man makes.

To see where your state stands find the ranking here.

Sources: WalletHub research findings, Pew Research Center, Catalyst: Workplaces That Work For Women, and Bureau of Labor Statistics .