Texas ranks among absolute worst states for women's equality
Women have come a long way since earning the right to vote in 1920, but not far enough — especially in Texas. According to a new report from WalletHub, Texas ranks among the worst states for women's equality. The Lone Star State comes in near the bottom of the list, at No. 47.
The study draws from 11 key metrics across three main categories: workplace environment, education and political empowerment. The data set mainly focuses on differences in the workplace, such as income and unemployment rate, but also includes the number of residents with bachelor's degrees and the percentage of females holding lawmaker positions.
Texas fares rather poorly across all three categories. The Lone Star State ranks No. 38 for education, No. 41 ranking for political empowerment and No. 46 for workplace environment. But Texas isn't alone in inequality. In every state, women earn less than men, and males outnumber females in executive and lawmaker positions.
The three states that rank worse than Texas are South Carolina (No. 48), Idaho (No. 49) and Utah (No. 50). Wallethub's best states for women's equality are Hawaii (No. 1), New York (No. 2), Illinois (No. 3), Maryland (No. 4) and Vermont (No. 5).