With Mother's Day just around the corner, mumsicle is on the brain a lot this week! And with more than 70 percent of U.S. women with children under the age of 18 working outside the home, we know that moms are balancing an incredibly full plate these days. Add to that the fact that women still only earned 85 percent of what men did in 2018, and it's clear mom is fighting an uphill battle. Financial health website WalletHub wanted to determine the best and worst states for working mothers.
Wallethub compared all 50 states plus D.C. across three key dimensions (child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance) using 16 metrics, ranging from the cost of child care to access to pediatricians and the gender pay gap. Turns out, D.C. stacks up pretty well!
10 Best States for Working Moms
- Rhode Island
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
The worst states for working moms were Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Idaho and Mississippi. Maryland ranked 24th in the study, with Virginia following at 25. Maryland and Virginia both moved up five slots on this study from last year, while D.C. dropped one spot.
How D.C. ranks for working moms
- 1st -- Ratio of Female Executives to Male Executives (67 percent, 2.8 times higher than in Utah, the lowest at 24 percent)
- 1st -- Pediatricians per capita
- 2nd -- Parental-leave policy score
- 9th -- Gender Pay Gap (Women’s Earnings as % of Men’s)
- 12th -- Median women's salary (adjusted for cost of living)
- 14th -- Day care quality
Where do we not rank well for working moms? D.C's working moms are paying the second highest child care costs (based on percent of income) behind Nebraska. We also have the second highest female unemployment rate in the country, the third worst working hours, third worst commute time and 6th lowest percentage of working women living with economic security.
So perhaps this Mother's Day, give momma bear an extra big hug, and acknowledge all that she is fighting against to be the best mother and employee she can be!
You can see the full study here.