Not every woman aspires to glass-slipper dreams. Some prefer instead to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling — and countless have. Today, women are celebrated for their independence and remarkable strides in society. Many have risen to the top as industry pioneers, government leaders, world-class athletes and heads of their own households, among other important roles to which historically strict gender standards limited their reach or imagination.
But even as women outnumber men in all but nine states today, much work remains to be done in the name of social progress. Gender gaps — as well as discrimination and violence against women — continue to persist in the US and throughout the world. Here at home, for instance, women represent nearly three-fifths of all minimum-wage workers. And in the 19 states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, women constitute the majority of poor, uninsured adults.
In light of Women’s History Month, analysts for personal finance website WalletHub.com compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics that speak to the needs and expectations of women in America. The data ranges from “median earnings for female workers” to “women’s preventive health care” to “female uninsured rate.” Here are some findings and a full description of their methodology.
Here are ranking for South Carolina specifically in some of the health and well being categories, higher being worse:
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- 37 – Median Earnings for Females (Cost of Living-Adjusted)
- 41 – Unemployment Rate for Women
- 44 – % of Women Living in Poverty
- 22 – Share of Women-Owned Businesses
- 21 – High School Dropout Rate for Women
- 37 – Female Uninsured Rate
- 42 – Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth
- 32 – Women’s Preventive Health Care
Click or tap on states on the map below to see the ranking for each:
Here is the overall rank for each state, with individual ranks for economic/social and health care/safety categories grouped together. More about the study's methodology follows the chart.
|Overall Rank||State||Total Score||'Women's Economic & Social Well-Being' Rank||'Women's Health Care & Safety' Rank|
|37||District of Columbia||54.88||30||37|
In order to identify the best states for women, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, namely “Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being” and “Women’s Health Care & Safety.”
They compiled 15 relevant metrics, listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, where 100 is the best value for that metric and 0 is the worst.
They then calculated the overall score for each state using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked them accordingly.
Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being – Total Points: 60
- Median Earnings for Female Workers (Adjusted for Cost of Living): Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- Unemployment Rate for Women: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- Percentage of Women Living in Poverty: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- Share of Women-Owned Businesses: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- High School Dropout Rate for Women: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- WalletHub “Working Moms” Ranking: Double Weight (~12.00 Points)
- WalletHub “Women’s Equality” Ranking: Double Weight (~12.00 Points)
- Percentage of Women Who Voted in the 2012 Presidential Election: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
Note: The “percentage of women who voted” is out of the “total female U.S. citizen population in the state.”
Women’s Health Care & Safety – Total Points: 40
- “Top-Rated Women’s Hospitals” Score: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Female Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Women’s Preventive Health Care: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
Note: This metric measures the percentage of women who were up-to-date on cervical and breast-cancer screenings.
- WalletHub “Best States to Have a Baby” Ranking: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)
- Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Female Homicide Rate per 100,000 Females: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
Note: This metric measures the number of females murdered by males.
- Female Victimization: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
Note: This metric measures instances of rape and robbery.
Sources: Data used to create these rankings were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Educational Statistics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Violence Policy Center, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the Social Science Research Council, U.S. News & World Report and WalletHub research.