It is easy to say on the surface that women have made great strides in female empowerment progress. We have women breaking into higher levels of government, corporate America, and science fields. However, with all of this progress, it is important to note what still needs to be done. Women still aren’t making as much money as men in the same career fields, women still aren’t in office as much as men, and women still fight health care related battles to be as equal as men in coverage and rights. This struggle for women is not synonymous for women across the country though, and some states are making the move toward progress faster than others. The Center for American Progress released an interactive map last week demonstrating these differences among states and how they are making progress for women in the areas of health, economics, and leadership.
The data used for the graph includes an analysis of 14 economic factors, 9 measures of women’s access to leadership roles, and 13 health factors for each of the 50 states. The best state to live in as a woman is our neighbor, Maryland! They are the top state for economic value and leadership opportunities for women, as well as a decently high health care rating. Unfortunately, Louisiana is the worst state to live in for benefits as a woman, with them ranking with an F in economics and health and a D- in leadership. Our good ol’ state of Virginia ranked 23rd and scraped in just within the 50% mark. While they received a high economic rank of an A-, their health and leadership ranks were very low. Virginia is one of 15 states that currently have zero women in their congressional delegations, including other East Coast states commonly represented on JMU’s campus, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Check out more about the map here and see where your state falls.
What did y’all think of the map? Were there any states you were surprised by? Shout out your thoughts on equality across the country and what we can do to help promote equality in states with lower scores.