In honor of Women's History Month, WalletHub created a list to analyze how women prosper in the US and they just released their rankings for 2019's Best and Worst States for Women. Unfortunately, Florida ranks as one of the worst states for women.
WalletHub compared the 50 states of the US and the District of Columbia across key indicators of living standards for women. Women make up about two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the US and also suffer with political representation. While women make up 51 percent of the US, only 25 percent of the Senate and 23.4 percent of the House of Representatives.
WalletHub's data analyzes different indicators such as median earnings for female workers to the female homicide rate. Other indicators include the unemployment rate for women, the percentage of women in poverty, the percentage of women-owned businesses, the high school graduation rate for women, the percentage of women who voted in the 2016 presidential election, the female uninsured rate, and women's life expectancy at birth.
The graph below uses color to represent best (1) to worst (51):
Florida ranked number 33 out of 51 on WalletHub's list with a total score of 52.32 out of 100, based on WalletHub's key findings. According to WalletHub, Florida ranks number 35 out of 51 on Women's Economic and Social Well-Being rank. In Women's Health & Safety, Florida ranks 27 out of 51.
WalletHub also stated that in the political sphere, blue states are more women-friendly than red states. Florida is usually considered a red state, with possibilities to change blue depending on the political scape. But in recent history, Florida is red. This fact also adds to Florida's low rank.
In WalletHub's report, the only highpoint for Florida is that Florida is number four in the highest percentage of women-owned businesses in the US.
Florida ranks as one of the lowest states because of its high female uninsured rate, its status as a red state, and its low rank for women's health and safety. The states that ranked the lowest on the list were South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana, which ranked 49, 50, and 51 respectively. The top five states were Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Dakota, D.C., and New York.
Visit WalletHub's website to read the report here.