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Can you name any of the worst states for women in the U.S.?

October 20, 2016

24/7 Wall St. has put together a top 10 of the worst states for women in the United States. Who made the cut?

Kansas barely the made list at number 10, thanks in part to a lack of women in government. Less than a quarter of the state legislature is comprised of women, and women in the workplace lack basic legal protections such as paid family leave or state-mandated pregnancy accommodations. The percentage of women in management jobs in Kansas was also the seventh lowest in the country.

Alabama, where women make 76 cents for every dollar a man makes — and one in four women live in poverty — ranked number nine on the dubious list. Montana, one of just eight states to have no state-funded pre-K programs, clocked in at eight. Pre-K funding can be an essential cost-saving for young families, and particularly working mothers, who would otherwise have to pay for childcare to return to work after having children. Indiana, the state that passed a law prohibiting women from undergoing abortions in cases where fetuses exhibited abnormalities, made the list at number seven.

North and South Dakota came in at six and five on the list respectively, on account of the abysmally low number of women in management roles in both states. North Dakota had the second lowest percentage of women in management jobs in the entire country — its neighbor South Dakota was the first lowest. Some of the remaining states on the list, however, might come as a surprise.

Read the full story at 24/7 Wall St.


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