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August 24 2015

'Women's equality' ranking, by state

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Charlotte Hays

A new study ranks the best and worst states for women's equality, but not every female agrees with the rankings.

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The study from WalletHub was published ahead of this year's observance of Women's Equality Day (Wednesday, August 26). To find the most "gender-egalitarian states," WalletHub compared the 50 states across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity between male and female unemployment rates.

5 Best States for Women's Equality

1. Hawaii

2. New York

3. Illinois

4. Maryland

5. Vermont

5 Worst States for Women's Equality

46. Wyoming

47. Texas

48. South Carolina

49. Idaho

50. Utah

Whatever the rankings, Charlotte Hays, director of cultural programs at the Independent Women's Forum, says these are meaningless figures.

"For example, you have Texas – which has a booming economy – in the worst states for women's equality; and you have Wyoming on that list," she observes. "It's probably because these two states have a lot of energy concerns and you're more likely to have a man out drilling oil. That's just the simple thing."

Hays tells OneNewsNow: "You probably don't have a lot of people in New York and Hawaii and Wisconsin [#8] who are doing these kinds of energy jobs.

"So basically, Texas probably has a better economy than most of the states that are listed as best states for women; and because it has a better economy, it's a better state for women. They have more opportunity. They can get more jobs."

Other metrics reported by the study include states with smallest/largest pay gap, smallest/largest executive positions gap, and smallest/largest work hours gap.

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