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Mother’s Day facts and figures for 2020: What mom’s want on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day facts and figures for 2020: Best and worst states for working moms

Work-at-Home Schemes imagesWomen make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and nearly 70 percent of moms with children under age 18 were working in 2019. In 2020, those numbers are decreasing, as data show that during the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment is rising faster for women than for men.

Working moms face an uphill battle in the workplace, as their average hourly wage is only 85 percent of what men make, and only 6 percent of S&P 500 companies’ chief executives are female.

Progress appears to be taking place at different rates across the nation. Parental leave policies and other legal support systems vary by state, and the quality of infrastructure — from cost-effective day care to public schools — differs.

To find the best and worst states for working moms, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared states on 17 key metrics. Among the items compared were child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance.

Some of the findings are:

Top 10 states

1. Massachusetts

2. Minnesota

3. Vermont

4. Connecticut

5. Washington, D.C.

6. New Jersey

7. Rhode Island

8. Maine

9. New Hampshire

10. Wisconsin

10 worst states

41. Arkansas

42. Georgia

43. Nevada

44. New Mexico

45. Oklahoma

46. Idaho

47. West Virginia

48. South Carolina

49. Alabama

50. Mississippi

51. Lousiana 

Best day-care systems

1. New York

2. Washington

3. North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas – ties

Worst day-care systems

47. Alabama

48. Louisiana

49. California

50. Nebraska

51. Idaho

Lowest gender pay gap

1. California

2. Maine

3. District of Columbia, Nevada – tie

5. Vermont

Highest gender pay gap

47. Alabama 

48. North Dakota

49. Rhode Island, Utah – tie

51. Wyoming

Highest female-executive to male-executive ratio

1. District of Columbia

2. South Dakota

3. Maine

4. Vermont

5. Rhode Island

Lowest female-executive to male-executive ratio

47. Texas 

48. Mississippi

49. Alabama

50. South Carolina

51. Utah

For more information, see “2020’s Best and Worse States for Working Moms.”


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