Yesterday, I drove past the bus stop and noticed a mother with young triplets trying to get her family onto the public bus. I wondered what her life was like -- how difficult it is to support her family and she manages on a daily basis to get her family where they need to go. Is our public transportation accommodating? Is Florida's child care affordable? Is housing affordable?
With Mother’s Day approaching, and single moms with young children constituting nearly three-quarters of all working women, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.
So, what makes a state one of the worst for working mothers? Expensive child care, lousy paychecks, too few pediatricians, lack of advancement opportunities, crappy parental leave, and a huge wage gap. And that's just the beginning of it!
In order to identify the best and worst states for working moms, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Child Care, 2) Professional Opportunities and 3) Work-Life Balance.
From there, WalletHub’s analysts compared the attractiveness of each of the states to a working mother by using 13 key metrics such as median women’s salary, female unemployment rate, day-care quality, and the pay gap.
Vermont had the highest overall score. Nevada had the lowest.
Here's how my state (Florida) scored. (It's the 12th Worst State for Working Mothers):
Life as a Working Mom in Florida (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
- 24th – Day-Care Quality
- 51st – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Women’s Salary)
- 30th – Access to Pediatric Services
- 18th – Gender Pay Gap (Women’s Earnings as % of Men’s)
- 19th – Ratio of Female Executives to Male Executives
- 34th – Median Women’s Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 34th – Female Unemployment Rate
- 23rd – Parental Leave Policy
- 39th – Length of Average Woman’s Workday
- 20th – % of Single-Mom Families in Poverty
If you live in New York, then rejoice because you live in the best state for working mothers for daycare quality.
If you live in Washington D.C., there's good news for you, too. You live in the area with the highest percentage of pediatricians and the highest percent of female executives.
Moms in Virginia have something to celebrate as well. You live in the state with the highest median women's salary, adjusted for cost of living: $45,452.
Let's hope states that ranked low make some improvements in the next year. We owe it to the nation's working mothers and the children they are raising!
For the full report, visit WalletHub