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Policy Analysis | June 2, 2016

How do SLC member states rank in creating favorable conditions for working mothers?

The United States Department of Labor estimates that women comprise nearly half of the nation's workforce and that women with children participate at a higher rate than women without children.* Meanwhile, women are compensated 21 percent less than their male counterparts.

To promote workplace gender parity and encourage greater workforce participation for this key demographic, several ingredients are necessary. States that excel in creating environments inclusive of working mothers feature ample daycare systems, low childcare costs, opportunities for professional advancement and a low gender wage gap.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently compared state dynamics across 13 key metrics to understand how working mothers fare in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to their findings, Tennessee is the best SLC member state for working mothers, ranking 13th overall. Key factors in Tennessee's high ranking include low childcare costs and low gender pay gaps.

Ranking of SLC Member States for Working Mothers
Overall Rank State Total Score ‘Child Care’ Rank ‘Professional Opportunities’ Rank ‘Work-Life Balance’ Rank
13 Tennessee 52.48 11 9 36
14 Virginia 52.06 6 7 48
16 Kentucky 51.09 4 45 32
30 North Carolina 47.64 21 25 35
31 Arkansas 47.02 26 20 31
33 Texas 45.7 17 38 42
34 Missouri 44.87 27 29 38
36 Oklahoma 44.68 25 39 37
40 Florida 41.41 37 24 44
41 West Virginia 40.84 42 42 28
43 Georgia 40.43 31 32 49
45 Mississippi 39.59 38 44 41
48 Louisiana 36.97 48 47 24
49 South Carolina 36.88 43 48 39
50 Alabama 35.94 39 51 40

*Statistics reference mothers as women with children under 18 years of age.