Best States for Working Moms (Like You!)

May 13, 2018
Kerry Lengyel

As a working mother, does your state offer you enough support?

Although veterinarian tops the list of women-dominated jobs, there are still various roadblocks in the way for female professionals — especially working mothers.

There are several indicators that a state is especially supportive of working mothers: living wage laws, paid family leave, subsidized daycare, affordable health care, etc. But state and local governments greatly differ when it comes to what they offer — some put working mothers first while others seem to consider them as an afterthought.

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With the mindset that women should never have to choose between having a career and raising a family, Wallethub compiled a list of the best states for working moms. Analysts compared state dynamics across 15 key metrics in three key dimensions: child care, work-life balance and professional opportunities. The latter took into consideration the gender pay gap and the ratio of female-to-male executives.

What does your state have to offer?

  • State with the best day-care systems.

  • Fifth best state for child care.
  • Fifth best state for professional opportunities.

  • State with the second highest female executive-to-male executive ratio.

  • Best state for work-life balance.

  • Third best state for work-life balance.
  • Fourth best state for child care.
  • Sadly, Connecticut has one of the highest gender pay gaps.
  • Second best state for professional opportunities.
  • State with the fourth lowest gender pay gap.
  • State with the third highest female executive-to-male executive ratio.
  • Second best state for child care.

  • Best state for child care.
  • Fourth best state for professional opportunities.

  • Best state for professional opportunities.
  • State with the lowest gender pay gap.
  • Third best state for child care.
  • Fifth best state for work-life balance.

View the entire list on the Wallethub website.