South Carolina Ranks As The 49th Worst State For Women In America

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With March being Women’s History Month, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Women.

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.

South Carolina came in at #49 and North Carolina didn’t fare much better, ranking in our nation’s bottom 3rd at #34;

Source: WalletHub

 

Overall Rank
(1=Best)
State Total Score ‘Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being’ Rank ‘Women’s Health & Safety’ Rank
1 Minnesota 79.34 1 3
2 Massachusetts 73.01 5 1
3 North Dakota 70.27 2 11
4 District of Columbia 69.72 4 9
5 New York 68.96 8 5
6 Connecticut 68.34 14 2
7 Maine 68.12 3 16
8 Colorado 66.97 6 13
9 Hawaii 66.95 15 4
10 Vermont 65.27 12 10
11 New Jersey 65.14 17 7
12 Iowa 64.79 9 19
13 Rhode Island 64.37 11 15
14 Wisconsin 64.37 10 17
15 Delaware 63.91 7 24
16 California 63.75 19 6
17 Washington 62.84 16 18
18 Illinois 59.97 23 14
19 Maryland 59.79 22 20
20 New Hampshire 59.75 31 8
21 Nebraska 57.79 32 12
22 Oregon 57.72 21 26
23 Indiana 57.72 13 35
24 Virginia 56.85 24 22
25 South Dakota 55.15 30 25
26 Montana 54.95 20 34
27 Ohio 54.60 25 28
28 Kansas 54.21 26 29
29 Utah 53.66 36 21
30 Alaska 53.49 18 42
31 Pennsylvania 52.62 39 23
32 Michigan 52.50 28 33
33 Florida 52.32 35 27
34 North Carolina 52.25 34 32
35 Tennessee 49.01 27 43
36 Kentucky 48.86 33 41
37 Wyoming 48.76 37 37
38 Nevada 48.54 29 45
39 Georgia 48.47 40 36
40 Missouri 46.95 38 39
41 Arizona 46.47 45 31
42 Texas 45.67 44 38
43 New Mexico 45.39 41 40
44 Idaho 44.42 48 30
45 West Virginia 44.29 42 44
46 Oklahoma 40.62 43 50
47 Alabama 39.99 47 46
48 Arkansas 37.56 46 51
49 South Carolina 36.44 51 47
50 Mississippi 36.26 49 49
51 Louisiana 36.25 50 48

 

The ranking was based on the following factors:

Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being – Total Points: 60

  • Median Earnings for Female Workers: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Job Security for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Women Living in Poverty: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Unaffordability of Doctor’s Visit: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Women-Owned Businesses: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • “Economic Clout” of Women-Owned Firms Rank: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • High School Graduation Rate for Women: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Working Moms: Double Weight (~9.23 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Women’s Equality: Double Weight (~9.23 Points)
  • Share of Women Who Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)

Women’s Health Care & Safety – Total Points: 40

  • Quality of Women’s Hospitals: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Female Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Women with Good or Better Health: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Women’s Preventive Health Care: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Physically Active Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Share of Women Who Are Obese: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Baby-Friendliness: Double Weight (~5.71 Points)
  • Depression Rate for Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Suicide Rate for Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Female Homicide Rate: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Prevalence of Rape Victimization Among Females: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)
  • Prevalence of Stalking Victimization Among Women: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)

What do you think the Carolinas should do to improve? 

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