With March being Women’s History Month and women only holding 23.7% of the seats in Congress despite making up 51% of the U.S. population, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Women as well as accompanying videos.
To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care to female homicide rate.
Woman-Friendliness of Texas (1=Best, 25=Avg.):
- 19th – Median Earnings for Female Workers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 28th – Unemployment Rate for Women
- 37th – Share of Women in Poverty
- 20th – High School Graduation Rate for Women
- 48th – Share of Women Who Voted in 2016 Presidential Election
- 51st – Female Uninsured Rate
- 32nd – Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth
- 34th – Quality of Women’s Hospitals
- 43rd – Women’s Preventive Health Care
For the full report, please visit:
Best States for Women
‘Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being’ Rank
‘Women’s Health & Safety’ Rank
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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.”
We examined those dimensions using 24 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for women.
We then determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.
Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being – Total Points: 60
- Median Earnings for Female Workers: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
Note: This metric was adjusted for the cost of living.
- Unemployment Rate for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
- Job Security for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
Notes: (Number of Female Employees in 2017 - Number of Female Employees in 2016) / Number of Female Employees in 2016.
- Share of Women Living in Poverty: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
- Unaffordability of Doctor’s Visit: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
Note: This metric measures the percentage of women who could not afford to see a doctor in the past year due to costs.
- Share of Women-Owned Businesses: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
- “Economic Clout” of Women-Owned Firms Rank: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
Note: Combined economic clout rank is an averaging of the individual rankings of the 1) number, 2) revenue and 3) employment growth of women-owned firms between 2007 and 2016.
- High School Graduation Rate for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
- Friendliness Toward Working Moms: Double Weight (~9.23 Points)
Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms ranking.
- Friendliness Toward Women’s Equality: Double Weight (~9.23 Points)
Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s Best & Worst States for Women's Equality ranking.
- Share of Women Who Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
Note: This metric was calculated as follows: Number of Women Who Voted in 2016 Presidential Election / Total Female U.S. Citizen Population Aged 18 Years or Older in State.
Women’s Health Care & Safety – Total Points: 40
- Quality of Women’s Hospitals: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
Note: This metric is based on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Gynecology ranking.
- Female Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
Note: This metric accounts for females aged 16 years and older.
- Share of Women with Good or Better Health: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
Note: This metric is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (CDC – BRFSS).
- Women’s Preventive Health Care: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
Note: This metric measures the share of women aged 21-65 years who were up-to-date on cervical and breast-cancer screenings.
- 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)
Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby ranking.
- 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)
Note: This metric measures the number of females murdered by males (per 100,000 female residents) and accounts for all ages.
- Prevalence of Rape Victimization Among Females: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
Note: This metric measures instances of rape. According to the U.S Bureau of Justice Statistics, 91 percent of rape victims are female and 9 percent are male.
- Prevalence of Stalking Victimization Among Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
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