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Women’s rights in the U.S. have made leaps and bounds since the passage of the 19th Amendment. Yet many women still struggle to crack the proverbial glass ceiling because of their unequal treatment in society. The workplace provides perhaps the most potent evidence of the issue. Despite their advances toward social equality, women continue to be disproportionately underrepresented in leadership positions.

To determine where women receive the most equal treatment, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 15 key indicators of gender equality. Our data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity in unemployment rates for women and men. Read on for our findings, expert commentary and a full description of our methodology.

Source: WalletHub

Key Facts:

  • Hawaii has the smallest income gap. Wyoming has the largest.
  • Wyoming has the smallest executive positions gap. Connecticut has the largest.
  • Nevada has the smallest work hours gap. North Dakota has the largest, with men typically working more hours than women.
  • Nevada has the smallest politically representation gap. Louisiana has the largest.

The Best States for Women's Equality:

1. Hawaii

2. Nevada

3. Illinois

4. Minnesota

5. Washington

6. Maine

7. North Dakota

8. Oregon

9. Wisconsin

10. Vermont

The Best States for Women's Equality:

41. Arkansas

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42. Idaho

43. Louisiana

44. Pennsylvania

45. Oklahoma

46. Georgia

47. South Carolina

48. Texas

49. Virginia

50. Utah

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