Utah is the ‘Worst’ State for Women

Ouch! A new study of census bureau numbers concludes Utah is the worst state for women.

Wall Street 24/7 ran down a number of categories including the difference between what men and women earn, the poverty rate and how many women hold leadership positions in state government. Utah came in at the top of the list of the worst:

> Gender wage gap: 70 cents per dollar (4th worst)
> Poverty rate, women: 13.6% (13th lowest)
> Pct. in state legislature: 16.3% (6th lowest)
> Infant mortality rate: 5.0 per 1,000 births (2nd lowest)

Utah is the worst state for women. Less than 31% of management positions were held by women in Utah, the second lowest rate nationwide. Women were also less likely than women in the vast majority of states to hold leadership roles in government. Of the 75 seats in the state's House of Representatives, just six were filled by women last year. And there were just five female state-level senators. In all, women made up just 16.3% of state legislators, less than in all but five other states. Perhaps the lack of women in traditionally high-paying management and high-level government occupations has exacerbated the gender pay gap. While a typical man in Utah earned more than $50,000 last year, most women made 70% — or $35,252 — of that figure, nearly the largest pay discrepancy in the country.


The rest of the top (bottom?) 10:

  1. Utah
  2. Wyoming
  3. Idaho
  4. Mississippi
  5. North Dakota
  6. Montana
  7. South Dakota
  8. Indiana
  9. Alabama
  10. Kansas