South Carolina

Study: SC remains dreadful in ranking of states by women's well-being

Posted by Kelly Davis

kdavis@islandpacket.com

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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:

  • 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:

Source: WalletHub

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 RankStateTotal Score'Women's Economic & Social Well-Being' Rank'Women's Health Care & Safety' Rank
1Minnesota83.1714
2Vermont79.6252
3New Hampshire77.9729
4Maine75.12610
5Massachusetts74.69105
6North Dakota74.6123
7Maryland74.44318
8Wisconsin72.31424
9Nebraska71.52913
10Hawaii71.47191
11Connecticut71.08147
12Washington70.61816
13Illinois68.72727
14Virginia68.061314
15Iowa67.76236
16New York65.381134
17Kansas63.952017
18Montana62.561725
19South Dakota62.52221
20Oregon62.05378
21Colorado61.681826
22Ohio61.262423
23Missouri61.021632
24New Jersey612128
25Utah60.773212
26Rhode Island60.643115
27Tennessee59.911540
28Florida58.822830
29Delaware58.332633
30Idaho57.813619
31Indiana56.842538
32Wyoming56.614711
33North Carolina56.432736
34Alaska55.892935
35Kentucky55.214520
36Arizona55.124322
37District of Columbia54.883037
38Michigan53.834129
39California52.724431
40Pennsylvania51.833441
41Georgia51.013344
42Texas50.494239
43Oklahoma50.463842
44West Virginia49.283945
45New Mexico49.143547
46Mississippi47.434048
47Arkansas47.324643
48Alabama45.594846
49Nevada41.824951
50South Carolina39.785050
51Louisiana39.65149

Methodology

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.

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