10 Best & Worst States to Live in If You're a Working Mom

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Women make up half the population and half the workforce in America, but still face plenty of obstacles in their professional careers and work-life balance. The gender pay gap persists, and becomes even more apparent if they choose to have families. And the ranking of the best and worst states for working moms shows us that we still have a ways to go in terms of creating opportunities for women.

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Personal finance social network WalletHub analyzed each of the 50 states, as well as Washington, DC, ranked them based on their child care systems, levels of professional opportunities for women, and work-life balance importance.

By looking at the costs of day cares, access to pediatricians, the gender pay gap, ratio of female-to-male executives, median women's salaries, unemployment rates, parental leave policies, workday lengths, and average commute times, the network was able to grade each of the states comparatively, and some of these results may shock you.

Take a look at the slide show below, which ranks the best states (from best to worse) and worst states (from bad to worst), and see if your state makes the list.

Did your state make the list? Are you surprised?

 

 

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