Working mothers may want to avoid moving to the South, where the quality of child care leaves a lot to be desired and professional opportunities are scarce. Most of the worst states for working mothers include Louisiana, South Carolina and Mississippi, according to a new ranking compiled by Wallet Hub.
Wallet Hub studied the attractiveness of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for working mothers. It looked at three main areas: child care, professional opportunities and work/life balance.
Child care consists of a combination of daycare quality, child care costs, access to pediatric services and quality of schools. Work/life balance is a measurement of parental leave policies, length of the average woman’s workday and average commute time.
Professional opportunities consist of factors including gender pay gap, ratio of female to male executives, median salary, percentage of family in poverty and the female unemployment rate.
The best states for working mothers are located in New England.
Click here to see the 10 worst states for working mothers
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