The 10 Best States for Women in 2018 (Based on Healthcare, Wages, and More)

Updated 03/05/18
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Despite the fact that it's 2018, women are still fighting for fair wages, access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, and equal political representation at a local and national level. But as WalletHub's new analysis highlights, these issues may differ in severity depending on which state you live in.

In an effort to determine "how women are faring and where they can find the best opportunities relative to where they live," the personal finance website compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of living standards for women. They then pooled these indicators into two overarching categories: women's economic and social well-being, and women's health and safety.

The 23 indicators measured include median earnings, unemployment rate, job security, share of women living in poverty, unaffordability of a doctor's visit, share of women-owned businesses, high school graduation rates, friendliness toward working moms, friendliness toward women's equality, share of women who voted in the 2016 election, quality of women's hospitals, female uninsured rate, share of women with good or better health, women's preventative healthcare, share of physically active women, share of women who are obese, baby friendliness, depression rate, suicide rate, life expectancy at birth, female homicide rate, prevalence of rape victimization among females, and prevalence of stalking victimization among females.

After grading each metric on a 100-point scale for each state, the following 10 states ranked as the female-friendliest overall:

1. Minnesota
2. Massachusetts
3. Vermont
4. North Dakota
5. Wisconsin
6. Maine
7. Hawaii
8. Connecticut
9. Iowa
10. New Hampshire

1. Minnesota
2. Massachusetts
3. Vermont
4. North Dakota
5. Wisconsin
6. Maine
7. Hawaii
8. Connecticut
9. Iowa
10. New Hampshire

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