Moving out

The best state for women in America is … Minnesota?

A statue of Mary Richards, a character in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” in downtown Minneapolis. Ben Garvin/The New York Times

Pack your bags and head to Minneapolis! On Wednesday, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research published the last two reports in its seven-part “Status of Women in the States” series. Researchers pulled data to grade each state on seven categories: employment and earnings, poverty and opportunity, work and family, violence and safety, reproductive rights, health and well-being, and political participation. Minnesota was deemed to be the best state for women, and states in New England and the West Coast held top spots as well. States in the South received the lowest scores—Mississippi and Alabama were tied for worst state for women. Do you want to rise above poverty? Relocate to Maryland. If you have kids and a demanding job, fly to New York, the best state for work-family balance. Although the study is a great resource to help you map out your next move, it’s also a solid reminder of how far we, as a nation, still have to go.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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