iStock.com/jacoblundWhether you're a proud southern mama or a California girl at heart, the state you live in can have a major effect on your quality of life. As women especially, our earning potential, access to essential health services, education, and representation may vary wildly depending on the state in which we choose to put down roots. That's one major takeaway from a new study of the best and worst US states for women from MoveHub.com.
By cross-referencing data for the gender pay gap, political representation in the state legislature, equality in education, accessibility to health insurance, reproductive rights, and the number of incidents of violence against women at the hands of men, the site was able to rank all 50 states from best to worst. Unsurprisingly, the states that had the least female representation in state government also fared pretty poorly otherwise!
Here are the 10 best states to live in and the 10 worst, based on MoveHub.com's aggregated findings.