10 Best, Worst States for Women's Equality

Hawaii and Utah are polar opposites
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2017 12:25 PM CDT
10 Best, Worst States for Women's Equality
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, which ranks first in the country for women's political empowerment.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The US still has a lot of work to do when it comes to gender equality. The World Economic Forum ranks the US all the way down at 45th in the world when it comes to gender equality, pointing to gaps in wages and unequal representation in business and political leadership positions. But gender inequality across the US isn't, well, equal. WalletHub ranked all 50 states using 15 "key indicators of gender equality," including the number of women in executive roles and the unemployment rates for women. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst states for women's equality:

10 Best

  1. Hawaii
  2. Nevada
  3. Illinois
  4. Minnesota
  5. Washington
  6. Maine
  7. North Dakota
  8. Oregon
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Vermont
10 Worst
  1. Utah
  2. Virginia
  3. Texas
  4. South Carolina
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Louisiana
  9. Idaho
  10. Arkansas
See the full rankings here. (More gender equality stories.)

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