Best States For Working Moms…Where Does Iowa Rank?
Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 10. A time to celebrate all the hard-working mothers. Especially, this year, with many moms trying to hold down a job working from home and home-schooling their children. Any smart husband would be the first to tell you, Mom's are "the backbone of America". Quoting the old TV commercial "I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan". That being said, what are the best and worst states for working moms?
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.
Iowa is ranked 18th overall. Scoring a 16 for child care and an 18 for work-life balance. A score of 32 for professional opportunities dragged down the overall score.
If you go by the data, the best state to work in is Massachusetts, scoring a 2 in child care rank, a 7 in professional opportunities and a 1 in work-life rank. Our neighbors to the north in Minnesota scored impressive numbers, with a 1 in child care and professional opportunities, along with a 16 in work-life balance. If you want improve in your career, don't move south. Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all scored at the bottom.
According to WalletHub, women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and nearly 70% of moms with children under age 18 were working in 2019. However, data shows that during the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment is rising faster for women than it is for men. Plus, their average hourly wage is 85% of what men make and they still have to deal with the "glass ceiling" as far as climbing the ranks. So, here's to you, the working moms of America. Take a break this weekend, you deserve it.