WalletHub has released its annual ranking of which states are best for working moms, and this year Vermont is again #1. With high scores in three relevant areas–childcare, professional opportunities, and work-life balance–Vermont continues to rise to the top. New England was well represented in the top 10, with Vermont leading five New England states as best for working moms.
To conduct its study, WalletHub compared states across 15 key metrics relevant to the three main areas. Metrics included childcare costs and pediatricians per capita; gender pay gap and female unemployment rate; and parental leave policies and commute times. The full methodology can be seen here.
Vermont also ranked #1 in the gender pay gap category, with female workers making on average 85% of male workers’ earnings. Several efforts in the Vermont legislature this session have worked to improve this statistic, including a bill signed into law just this month that prevents employers from inquiring about applicants’ salary history.
Recently, Commissioner of Economic Development Joan Goldstein appeared on BloombergTV discussing several ways that Vermont is working to close the labor gap for women.