In 2018, These Are The Best And Worst States To Live In If You're A Woman

How does your state measure up?

2018 is an exciting time for women... in Minnesota, anyway. 

According to a new study by WalletHub, not all states are created equal when it comes to, well, equality. 

Their state-by-state rankings were determined by two key dimensions, "Women's Economic & Social Well-Being" as well as "Women's Health & Safety." The results might surprise you — and even inspire you to move to greener, more intersectionally feminist pastures. 

Graphic Credit: Emma Kapotes
Graphic Credit: Emma Kapotes

Besides Minnesota, the top five "overall" best states for women to live are:

2. Massachusetts

3. Vermont

4. North Dakota

5. Wisconsin

Minnesota landed the top spot after WalletHub ranked it first in "Women's Economic & Social Well-Being" and third in "Women's Health & Safety." These results differ slightly from MoveHub's 2017 state-ranking study that listed Hawaii as the top spot for women, followed by Vermont, Minnesota, Illinois, and Maryland.

On the other side of the spectrum, the worst overall state for women to live is Louisiana, followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Mississippi, according to the WalletHub study. To put the study's findings into additional perspective, Louisiana was ranked 51st in "Women's Economic & Social Well-Being" and 47th in "Women's Health & Safety." Again, these results are remarkably similar to 2017's rankings, when Oklahoma was named the worst state for women, followed by Louisiana, Utah, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

Does that mean women should start fleeing these states? Absolutely not.

Instead, women and their allies interested in improving their quality of life in these states can equip themselves with this new knowledge and use it to improve their areas — especially if they live in states that were ranked the lowest. 

For example, WalletHub ranked Texas fifty-first with the highest female uninsured rate. To decrease the number of women without health insurance, Texas residents can take action in their local communities through organizations like Get America Covered

Additionally, WalletHub found that Blue (Democrat) states were more women-friendly than their Red (Republican) counterparts. So voters advocating for women's rights should support electoral candidates —  from the local to state to federal level — who champion intersectional feminist causes and put forth legislative initiatives to improve quality of life for women. (And if that candidate just so happens to be a woman... even better.) 

While these steps won't change the root cause of these rankings overnight — or even over a year — anyone can do their part to better the lives of women in the United States, and everyone should try. 

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