Louisiana the worst state for women, report says – Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (click to see the original article)
Higher than average poverty, as well as fewer leadership opportunities and health care options make Louisiana the worst state a woman could find herself in. So says The State of Women in America: A 50-State Analysis of How Women Are Faring Across the Nation, a report released today by the Center for American Progress. The report analyzes conditions for women in each U.S. state using data in “three categories that are critical to women’s overall well-being: economics, leadership, and health,” says the Washington D.C. based public policy research and advocacy organization. “Within each of those three categories, we analyze multiple factors-36 factors overall.” Louisiana is among 10 states to receive an overall F grade in the report. In 2012, the report says 13.6% of U.S. men lived in poverty, compared to 16.3% of women. In Louisiana last year, 22.2% of women lived below the poverty line, with even higher percentages for black (36.1%) and Hispanic women (27%). Louisiana is given a D- grade for the leadership roles available to women. Despite making up roughly 50% of the U.S. workforce, women hold just 38% of the management positions across the country. While the average in Louisiana is slightly higher-38.6%-the wage gap here is significantly worse than in many other states. The report says that white women in Louisiana are paid 67 cents for every $1 the average white man makes; while black women are paid 48 cents on average and Hispanic women 55 cents. Louisiana also received an F grade in the health category. Maryland is ranked the No. 1 state for women, followed by Hawaii, Vermont, California and Delaware.
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