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With March being Women’s History Month and women only holding 23.7% of the seats in Congress despite making up 51% of the U.S. population, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Women as well as accompanying videos.

To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care to female homicide rate.

Best States for Women   Worst States for Women 1 Minnesota   42 Texas 2 Massachusetts   43 New Mexico 3 North Dakota   44 Idaho 4 District of Columbia   45 West Virginia 5 New York   46 Oklahoma 6 Connecticut   47 Alabama 7 Maine   48 Arkansas 8 Colorado   49 South Carolina 9 Hawaii   50 Mississippi 10 Vermont   51 Louisiana

Best vs. Worst

  • The District of Columbia has the highest median earnings for female workers (adjusted for cost of living), $34,417, which is 1.5 times higher than in California, the lowest at $22,508.
  • The District of Columbia has the highest share of women who voted in the 2016 presidential election, 77.2 percent, which is 1.6 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at 49.3 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of women living in poverty, 8.9 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 23.5 percent.
  • Alaska has the highest share of women-owned businesses, 22.87 percent, which is 1.6 times higher than in South Dakota, the lowest at 14.04 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest female uninsured rate, 2.3 percent, which is 7.6 times lower than in Texas, the highest at 17.5 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: