March is Women's History Month, and did you know that only around a quarter of the seats in Congress are held by women? Women comprise 51% of the population, and the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2023's Best and Worst States For Women.
Despite outnumbering men in most states, women represent over two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. Idaho is at the bottom of the barrel regarding where they rank on this list.
- 50th - Median Earnings for Female Workers
- 47th - % of Women-Owned Businesses
When we look at the overall list, you'll notice that blue states are more women-friendly than red states.
The methodology "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 Care & Safety."
One of the experts Joyce Jacobsen who is Andrews Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University, said, "one of the factors that women need to consider in choosing where to go to school, where to live, and where to retire is how women are treated differently from state to state in terms of their rights, including but not limited to reproductive rights."
Angela J. Hattery, a Professor, Women and Gender studies, Co-Director, at the Center for the Study & Prevention of Gender-Based Violence a the University of Delaware, shared her thoughts "recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions make it clear that states are now solely responsible for guaranteeing human and civil rights, we can no longer rely on the federal government for that. So, state policies that protect all human and civil rights are essential to protecting women and children and offering them the best environment for success."