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Massachusetts, Rhode Island, rank high for working moms according to report



With Mother’s Day here and the unemployment rate rising faster for women than for men, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms, as well as accompanying videos.

In order to help ease the burden on mothers in the workforce, WalletHub compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for a working mother based on 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from median women’s salary to female unemployment rate to day-care quality.

Massachusetts came in at number one in the country, according to the report.

Here is how Massachusetts fared.

Life as a Working Mom in Massachusetts (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
17th – Day-Care Quality
4th – Pediatricians per Capita
8th – Gender Pay Gap (Women’s Earnings as % of Men’s)
16th – Ratio of Female Executives to Male Executives
16th – Median Women’s Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
1st – Female Unemployment Rate
1st – Parental-Leave Policy Score
7th – Avg. Length of Woman’s Work Week (in Hours)
13th – % of Single-Mom Families in Poverty

Rhode Island ranked 7th in the country overall.

In order to determine the best and worst states for working moms, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Child Care, 2) Professional Opportunities and 3) Work-Life Balance.

WalletHub evaluated those dimensions using 17 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for working moms.

For more on the report, click here.

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