17 Worst States for Working Moms: Is Yours on the List?

Working moms have it rough—and a new report reveals just how rough by highlighting the worst states for working mothers. In their third annual review of state laws for working parents, the survey "Expecting Better" by the National Partnership for Women & Families doled out grades for each state, and let's just say most won't make the honor roll anytime soon.

Only one state, California, fell in the "A" range with an A-. I was somewhat happy to see that my own state, New York, was one of nine states that earned a B.

But 17 states got Fs due to their complete disregard for parents' desire to balance work and family. Curious if your state flunked and why? Here are the 17 losers ...

Did your state make the "worst" list?


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tbruc... tbrucemom

I was a working mom and it's not easy. However, having children is a choice. Why should a state grant more benefits than federal law? Women scream about equality in the work place but then get upset when they don't get extra privileges because of their pregnancy/maternity leave. As far as the states that got an A and B's, their taxes are a lot more than the states that don't offer those benefits. Why should the entire population of a state have to pay for benefits that affect only a portion of their population?

nonmember avatar Michael

tbrucemom is correct here. These differences equate to choices. If you want benifits move to blue states, if you want lower taxes move to red states.

Pretty simple.

nonmember avatar krystian

And those states don't have to offer anything but what the federal government offers.

nonmember avatar patty

This is as funny as Hillary and Obama being called fems yesterday.You made the choice to have a baby and want every one else to bow down?.Your body your choice

Talisyns Talisyns

It's called 'societal good'. A society that doesn't treat the parents of future taxpayers in a decent manner is going to get what it deserves.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Maybe people could just take responsibility for their own lives and not have kids until they can afford it.

nonmember avatar Slevos

If you stand by the saying your body your choice then why do we keep funding and supporting the extremely abused Medicaid and WIC programs. At least these moms are working and trying to make money to stay off of government (taxpayers) money........

tbruc... tbrucemom

Talisyns-federal law already provides for certain benefits. This article is about states that choose to provide benefits over and above federal law, at the expense of the taxpayers in their state. I understand about "societal good". That's when couples who don't even have children pay taxes that go to public schools for example. As someone else commented, you can have lower taxes or you can have more governmental support, but you can't have both.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

When I was pregnant with my babies, I saved as much money as I could because I would be taking 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave. It was actully a pleasant surprise to find out that I qualified for six weeks of disability payment (which I also pay for though my company). It wasn't much, but it helped.

bugaem bugaem

I can't belive some of these posters. All developed countries in the world and even not-so-developed provide benefits to families who choose to have babies. Benefits include to a very extensive PAID leave (like a year, not 3 months), and in many countries they also offer $ bonuses and monthly payments from the government just for having a child. Countries actually encourage people to have children, and it is good!The US is the only developed country in the world that provides almost nothing for new parents! It's ridiculous! I can afford children, but I can not call myself rich. I will be having my second in december and it will be tough to not get paid during the maternity leave, really tough. But we made this choice because we really want to have children. And lots of people are in the same boat. It would be so nice to not be under tremendous financial pressure while you are going through the most difficult and at the same time exciting part of your life.

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