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Study: Here Are the Best & Worst States for Gender Equality

Gender pay equity and other similar issues are among the top issues and n this upcoming general presidential elections. Sadly, the news isn’t that great.

The United States has falls 8 places since 2014 to the 28th position on the Global Gender Gap Index.

In order to determine the most gender-egalitarian states, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality.

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 15 key metrics. Its data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s unemployment rates.
 Here is how it broke down:

Best States for Women’s Equality 

1 Hawaii

2 Alaska 

3 Maine 

 4 California 

 5 Vermont 

 6 New Hampshire 

 7 Minnesota 

 8 Maryland 

 9 New York 

 10 Wisconsin 

Worst States for Women’s Equality

41 Virginia

42 Oklahoma

43 Kentucky

44 Mississippi

45 South Carolina

46 Louisiana

47 Pennsylvania

48 New Jersey

49 Georgia

50 Utah 

Best vs. Worst

In every state, women earn less than men. Wyoming has the highest gap, with women earning 32.3 percent less, whereas Hawaii has the lowest, 7.2 percent. 

Men have longer average workdays than women. North Dakota has the highest work-hours gap, with men working 19.3 percent longer. Nevada has the lowest, with men working 9.0 percent longer. 

 In nearly every state, women represent the highest percentage of minimum-wage workers. Louisiana has the highest gap, with 56 percent more females. Alaska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming have an equal ratio of females to males. 

 Alaska has the highest unemployment-rate gap favoring women, with 2.1 percent more unemployed men. Utah has the highest gap favoring men, with 1 percent more unemployed women. The unemployment rate is equal for men and women in Indiana and Wisconsin. 

 In every state legislature, male lawmakers outnumber their female counterparts. Wyoming has the highest gap, with 84.6 percent more males. Colorado has the lowest, with 27.6 percent more males.

 For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit: 


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Jeneba “JJ Ghatt”,is editor at Jenebapeaks.com, an online hub where she helps social media butterfly who empowers digital entrepreneurs and professionals to create great things online at her online learning platform Digital Publishing Academy.  She is an editor of tech blog Techyaya.com and founded the annual 200 Black Women to Follow On Twitter List. Read her bio, then get all of her online & digital biz startup advice and tools in one spot here!