To kick off Mother’s Day week (Wait, is my mom the only one who raised her kids believe the holiday was actually an entire week-long celebration?) WalletHub has just released its findings on the best and worst states for working moms.
They analyzed the attractiveness of each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to a working mother by examining three key dimensions: Child care, Employment opportunities and work/life balance. Data from 12 key metrics — such as median women’s salary, female unemployment rate and daycare-quality rankings — helped determine the list.
According to the rankings, Vermont took the top spot, followed by: Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Washington, North Dakota, Maine, Virginia and Ohio.
Meanwhile, Louisiana took the bottom spot in the rankings, preceded by: South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada, Arkansas, Georgia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Other key stats include:
- Day care quality is five times better in New York than in Idaho.
- Child care costs (adjusted for the median woman’s salary) are two times higher in the District of Columbia than in Tennessee.
- Pediatric services are 12 times more accessible in Vermont than in New Mexico.
- The ratio of female to male executives is three times higher in Alabama than in Utah.
- The percentage of single-mom families in poverty is two times higher in Mississippi than in Alaska.
- The median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living) is two times higher in Virginia than in Hawaii.
- The female unemployment rate is four times higher in Nevada than in North Dakota.
In an a Q&A accompanying the findings, Zachary Schaefer, assistant professor of applied communication studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, says it’s actually getting both easier and more difficult for women to find the right work life balance because they are being put in a “double bind”:
As the number of organizations that offer “work-life” policies continues to increase, the expectations of women to be able to gracefully balance both spheres of their life will also increase. This is an unfair double bind where women are now supposed to be able to raise a family, head the household, and establish a successful career all because organizations now offer telework, more paid time off and flexible work schedules. Men are not faced with this.
So if you’re an HR professional working in an organization in one of the bottom-10 states for working moms, maybe it’s time to start thinking about what you and your organization can do to raise your state’s score.
After all, that’s an effort I’m fairly sure your own mother would be proud of.
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