The best and worst states for women’s careers


If people chose where to live based solely on where the most job opportunities are, and how well those positions pay, women would be flocking to Washington, D.C. The District tops the list of best places for women’s earnings and employment in a new study by the nonprofit Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In a detailed look at how women are faring state by state, researchers considered four factors: Women’s median pay for full-time work, the proportion of women working in jobs considered managerial or professional, the level of women’s workforce participation in each place, and the gap between their earnings and that of their male counterparts.

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