The Best and Worst State Economies for Women

Four indicators of women’s economic progress are used by the employment and earnings composite index to measure how well women are doing in each state’s economy, which includes women’s earnings, the wage gap, women’s participation in the labor force, and women’s representation in managerial and professional jobs.


Best States


Worst States

1. District of Columbia 51. Arkansas
2. Maryland 50. Louisiana
3. Massachusetts 49. West Virginia
4. Minnesota 48. Mississippi
5. Vermont 47. Kentucky
6. Connecticut 46. Montana
New Jersey 45. Tennessee
8. Colorado 44. New Mexico

Honorable Mentions

Dishonorable Mentions

Virginia Alabama
New Hampshire Idaho
Hawaii Wyoming
Alaska Oklahoma

Source: The Status of Women in the States, Dec. 2006, Institute for Women's Policy Research (

Labor and Employment Occupations with Highest Median Weekly Earnings Among Women, 2006

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