Maryland is the third-best state for women’s equality, according to a new analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website.
To gauge the scope of gender-based disparities in the United States, WalletHub ranked each of the 50 states based on 10 key metrics, ranging from the gap in the number of female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy and the imbalance of their political representation.
According to the WalletHub analysis, Maryland ranked:
· 3rd in smallest pay gap
· 4th in smallest workday hours gap
· 8th in workplace environment
· 11th in political empowerment
· 19th in education and health
Hawaii topped the list, followed by New York, Maryland, Maine and Nevada. Landing at the bottom of the list at No. 50 was Wyoming.
Neighboring Virginia ranked 43rd overall and Delaware came in at sixth.
Women in general live longer than men, while men in every state earn more, fill more executive jobs, and work longer hours, the report says. One area where there is equality: unemployment.
WalletHub says the unemployment rate is equal for men and women in Arizona, Arkansas and California. West Virginia has the highest gap favoring women, with 2.8% more unemployed men. Georgia has the highest gap favoring men, with 1.5% more unemployed women.
The report was released in advance of Tuesday, which is Women’s Equality Day.