It's true: Some states provide better access to healthcare, social programs, and economic initiatives than others. Often, this results in a higher quality of life (depending, of course, on who you ask and how you define the term in the first place). Nonetheless, there are certain measurable indicators that can determine which state outranks the others when it comes to the support of certain demographics. One of these main indicators is preventative healthcare. That's according to one study at least.
WalletHub, the personal finance website, set out to discover which state outranks all the others in regard to providing the best opportunities and environments for women. They ranked each state, along with the District of Columbia, on a scale from one to 51, with one being the best and 51 being the worst. We found the results to be quite surprising.
Minnesota took the top spot. It ranked first for "women's economic and social well-being," and third for "women's health and safety." An important metric in determining this result was preventative healthcare, including gynecological and cancer screenings. Public health education, life expectancy, and other key indicators of health were also considered.
The state that came in as the worst state for women, according to this study, was Louisiana. This state was ranked last in women's economic and social well-being and 47th in women's health and safety. This could be due to the Louisiana's grim male-to-female representation statistics. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, in 2015, the proportion of statewide elected executive offices held by women was 0%. If women aren't receiving representation in political office, it's entirely possible that it could result in meager opportunities across both social and economic spheres.
Contrastingly, the proportion of statewide elected executive offices held by women in 2015 in Minnesota was 75%. That's a stark contrast. While high executive offices are still mainly held by men, this study indicates that representation is a key step in minimizing the gap in gender inequality in the U.S. Head to WalletHub to see where your state ranked in comparison to the other 49.
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