South Carolina Ranked As One Of The Worst States For Women in America

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With March being Women’s History Month and women experiencing 55% of the net job losses since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Women.

To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care to the female homicide rate.

South Carolina ranked among the worst states in America at #46, and North Carolina didn’t fair much better, ranking among the bottom third at #35.

Best States for Women

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being  Women’s Health & Safety 
1 Minnesota 77.68 1 2
2 Maine 72.51 2 5
3 Vermont 72.01 4 3
4 North Dakota 71.06 5 4
5 District of Columbia 69.42 3 20
6 Iowa 68.43 6 12
7 Washington 67.71 7 10
8 Massachusetts 66.52 11 8
9 Wisconsin 65.78 9 16
10 South Dakota 64.74 10 21
11 Hawaii 64.72 31 1
12 New Hampshire 64.54 17 7
13 Maryland 64.51 12 15
14 Colorado 64.14 14 11
15 Connecticut 64.10 18 6
16 New York 63.24 16 14
17 Oregon 63.21 21 9
18 Rhode Island 61.86 22 17
19 New Jersey 60.72 24 18
20 Delaware 60.69 8 34
21 Montana 60.65 13 29
22 Virginia 60.55 15 30
23 Nebraska 60.40 25 19
24 Michigan 60.14 23 22
25 Illinois 57.26 36 13
26 Alaska 57.05 28 28
27 Missouri 56.14 30 31
28 Utah 55.91 32 24
29 Wyoming 54.96 37 23
30 Ohio 54.80 34 27
31 Indiana 54.75 20 39
32 Pennsylvania 54.05 35 32
33 Kentucky 53.89 19 43
34 California 53.30 39 25
35 North Carolina 51.35 33 35
36 Kansas 51.17 29 41
37 Arizona 50.96 27 45
38 Florida 50.49 40 33
39 Tennessee 49.33 26 50
40 Idaho 48.54 48 26
41 Georgia 48.42 38 38
42 New Mexico 48.15 42 37
43 West Virginia 47.43 41 40
44 Nevada 46.06 43 42
45 Texas 44.50 44 44
46 South Carolina 42.40 45 48
47 Oklahoma 41.60 46 49
48 Louisiana 41.37 50 36
49 Arkansas 40.75 47 51
50 Alabama 39.31 49 47
51 Mississippi 37.54 51 46

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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What do you think South Carolina should do first to improve? 

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