The country’s future well-being is directly linked to the ability of American women to get a fair shot in economic, health, and leadership terms. From the persistent wage gap to the state– and city-level fights for better work and family policies, much work remains to be done — and there are wide variations within the country in just how much work remains, as a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) shows.
“Mapping the State of Women in America” grades each of the 50 states using 14 economic factors, 9 measures of women’s access to leadership roles, and 13 health factors. The resulting interactive map illustrates the vast differences in women’s access to a level playing field across the country:
Some of the findings, which can be individually teased apart in the database that accompanies the report and map, may be surprising. For one example, Vermont has the smallest gender wage gap for white women but the largest wage gap for black women. (Vermont ranks 10th in the economic security indicators the report examines, and third overall.) For another, there are 15 states that currently have zero women in their congressional delegations, including Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. For a third, nearly a quarter of all women in Texas do not have health insurance.