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Vermont Ranked Best State for Working Moms


A new study ranks Vermont as the best state in America for working moms.

The study “Best & Worst States for Working Moms” from WalletHub compared dynamics across 13 key metrics, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia on three key areas: child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance.

Vermont received the highest cumulative weighted average score of 65.45,  followed by Minnesota, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Vermont ranked:

#3 for Childcare, which is evaluated on:

  • Day-Care Quality
  • Child-Care Costs
  • Pediatricians per Capita
  • School-System Quality

#7 for Professional Opportunities, which is evaluated on:

  • Gender Pay Gap
  • Ratio of Female Executives to Male Executives
  • Median Women’s Salary
  • Share of Families in Poverty
  • Female Unemployment Rate
  • Gender-Representation Gap in Different Economic Sectors

#5 for Work-Life Balance, which is evaluated on: 

  • Parental-Leave Policy Score
  • Average Length of a Woman’s Work Week
  • Women’s Average Commute Time

In the three key areas, the highest ranked states were:

  • #1 for Childcare: Deleware
  • #1 for Professional Opportunities: Delaware
  • #1 for Work-Life balance: California

The study made the point that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and more than 70 percent of moms with children younger than 18 are working.

Yet women earned only 83 percent of what men made in 2015 and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that only 5.8 percent of S&P 500 companies’ chief executives are female.

This point is further driven home in the recent New York Times article “The Gender Pay Gap Is Largely Because of Motherhood.”


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  • I would offer that if we added child care availability (number of spots v. number of children needing them), our ranking might drop below #3 in that category.

  • It’s not too bad for the new generations of working Dads!! This is wonderful for our state! With the ability to be mobile, and still be extremely effective moms will continue to move forward and continue to change professional opportunities. #raisedVT

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