New Study Claims Pennsylvania One of the Worst States for Women’s Equality

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Pennsylvania ranks seventh from the bottom in WalletHub’s new analysis of the Best & Worst States for Women's Equality. Image of a May Day Parade at Bryn Mawr College via the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

According to the latest analysis by WalletHub, Pennsylvania has a long road ahead when it comes to women’s equality.

A study, entitled 2017’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality, puts the Keystone State seventh from the bottom, making it one of the worst states when it comes to the issue of women’s equality.

The ranking was based on 15 metrics that were separated into three categories. These included Workplace Environment, Education & Health, and Political Empowerment. The study also took into account income levels, disparity in the number of minimum-wage workers, difference in levels of educational, and the number of representatives of each sex in the state legislature.


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Pennsylvania ranked 44th overall. In the Workplace Environment category, it ranked 39, and second to last in Political Empowerment.

Pennsylvania also had room for improvement in the working environment as the results showed it is 31st in the Minimum-Wage Workers Gap, 34th in Earnings Gap, 36th in Work Hours Gap, and 40th for its Executive Positions Gap.

To top it off, the state’s lowest rankings were in the Entrepreneurship Gap and Political Representation Gap, as it came second to last in both metrics.

However, it was not all bad news as Pennsylvania did relatively well in Education & Health at 23rd.

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