Best States for Working Moms, Ranked. Balancing work and family can be hard. It can seem almost impossible to juggle kids, dinner, doctor appointments, commuting to work, and having a full-time job. It gets even harder for single moms who don’t have the support of another person. With all of these challenges that working moms face, it’s a miracle that they get anything done.
Living in a state with a systematic lack of support adds another source of stress. When childcare is expensive and a woman makes less than a man, it can feel like the world is intentionally dragging moms down. WalletHub recently did a study on the best and worst states for working moms to help inform people about where better opportunities are available, as well as share information on an important issue.
Working moms are given less pay, fewer opportunities, and face more challenges than working fathers do. Based on 16 key metrics such as the cost and quality of childcare, unemployment rates, and parental-leave policies, Wallethub ranked the 50 states and District of Columbia for which ones are the best for working moms to live in.
Women make up almost half of America’s workforce, and more than 70 percent of mothers with small children have a job. However, women make less than men across the country, and many places don’t have a good policy for maternity leave—if they have one at all. To learn about what states have good opportunities and programs in place to help support these people, keep reading to see our list of the best and worst states for working moms.