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