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The worst states for gender equality (25 items)

Sept. 2, 2014

Utah was ranked as the second worst state in the country for economic equality among the sexes in a recent study by personal finance research website Wallet Hub.

According to the survey, the only state that performed worse on the various indicators used to determine economic equality was Wyoming.

Ten different indicators were used to gauge equality in this sense, everything from median pay to life expectancy were considered for the metric.

"It doesn’t take a feminist to convince anyone that the gender gap in 21st-century America remains disgracefully wide," Wallet Hub's Richie Bernardo wrote in the study's introduction. "By highlighting the most and least gender-egalitarian states, we hope to accomplish three goals: help women find the best career opportunities, empower them to keep fighting for their rights and encourage states to learn from one another."

Here we've compiled the 25 worst states for gender equality according to Wallet Hub's report. Starting with #25, the worst state on the list is listed as #1.

1 of 25. Alabama

Workplace Environment Rank:

31

Education and Health Rank:

4

Political Empowerment Rank:

38

2 of 25. Washington

Workplace Environment Rank:

33

Education and Health Rank:

45

Political Empowerment Rank:

3

3 of 25. Colorado

Workplace Environment Rank:

20

Education and Health Rank:

46

Political Empowerment Rank:

16

4 of 25. West Virginia

Workplace Environment Rank:

35

Education and Health Rank:

20

Political Empowerment Rank:

34

5 of 25. South Carolina

Workplace Environment Rank:

27

Education and Health Rank:

7

Political Empowerment Rank:

49
1. ordinaryfolks
seattle, WA,
Sept. 3, 2014

No surprises here. Let us all face the facts. We don't believe in equality of the sexes. If we did, this would shock us to action.

Religious drivel aside, woman are co-equal with men as members of the human race. That a woman earns less, is less likely to be elected to political office and has worse outcomes for health is intolerable in the 21st century. We are barely better than the Islamic states. At least women in this part of the world can drive a car by themselves. However, we are in no position to judge the rest of the world when it comes to the rights of women in society.

We should be ashamed and afraid for our daughters and granddaughters.

2. LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO,
Sept. 3, 2014

"Utah was ranked as the second worst state in the country for economic equality" and only Wyoming was worse. The only reason Wyoming was worse is because there is only three women in the whole state.

I am very glad to see Desert News have the guts and honesty to present the story.

3. rusby
Minneapolis, MN,
Sept. 3, 2014

This list doesn't provide enough information as to why Utah is 2nd to last to come to a conclusion if this a good thing or a bad thing. If Utah is 2nd to last as the result of more women choosing to stay at home with their families or forsaking job advancement opportunities because of family needs then congratulations to Utah.
Personally, these gender equality issues appear to neglect the more important aspect of family life, where women traditionally play an extremely necessary and amplified role. However, that role does not come with many of the short term accolades that are available in social organizations outside the family structure. Also, the traditional mother role does not afford easy comparison with social structures that exist outside the family or even comparison between different families.
Many times, we think inequality is a bad thing. And in some situations it may be, but also in some situations it isn't.

4. Rod
Provo, UT,
Sept. 3, 2014

Studies can be great tools for discovering disparities and discrimination in many areas. Before I can make any judgments on to how to approach a remedy I need to know the cause for the differences.

For instance, in politics is the disparity between men women who participate because women just aren't interested or is it because of discrimination? Each state could have a different answer. Some states may have women who prefer to stay home with their children or who don't want the scrutiny that comes from political life. Maybe they prefer, or even need to work to provide for their families. Most men don't go into politics for many of those same reasons.

It doesn't matter the position that a state ends up on this list, or any list, what matters is why these differences occur.

5. Million
Bluffdale, UT,
Sept. 3, 2014

Making Hawaii number one and New York number two in the best places for women to work seems a little strange versus Wyoming and Utah the worst states for women to work. I would think those states put different priorities on work versus home life and urban versus rural lifestyles. Sometimes grading apples versus oranges isn't easy to do.
Go Wyoming --for allowing the first woman to vote.