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Whatever the weighting, however, Georgia ranked way down the line on an awful lot of measures. With a ranking of one meaning best and 25 average, we are -- on most things -- a lot closer to the bottom than the top.
For example, the state is 45th in the share of women in poverty, 47th in the rate of women without health insurance, 43rd in the life expectancy of women and a still-below-average 29th in the dropout rate for women.
And Georgia tied for 46th on female unemployment.
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Yet there’s a bit of consolation there. Where do you think California ranks? That great, shining bastion of the New Age, that exemplar of women’s rights, that Hollywoodized home of cinematic hype and wall-to-wall hipper-than-thou?
Glad you asked. They are tied with Georgia. So there.
And it is not all negative. Georgia, for example, ranks fifth in the nation for female-owned businesses (Alaska is number one).
As it happens, Wells Fargo today released a report on the economic status of women, with a focus on the pay gap between genders. The bank's economists also delve into the reasons for the differences between men and women on pay and hours worked and even why they are in the workforce (or not).
But Wells Fargo is taking a macro, that is, a national view and the situation is truly not the same everywhere.
For what it’s worth, the best states for women are clustered in the Midwest and Northeast, according to WalletHub’s calculations.
And who, you may inquire, is at the bottom? What’s the worst state for women, a place whose data can only make Georgians feel better about the economic status of females?
Well, as we used to be fond of saying: Thank God for Mississippi.
Which, as it happens, is the place where Tammy Wynette was born. So she surely knew what she was singin' about.
But then, if you’ve heard Tammy sing, you knew that already.
Worst states for women
48 South Carolina
Best states for women:
3 North Dakota
5 New Hampshire