Personal finance website WalletHub conducted research into which states were good for working moms and which ones were not so good. Texas ranked 33rd. We ranked 17th for child care, 38th for professional opportunities and 42 for work-life balance.
It wasn’t all bad for Texas. Apparently, we tied for third for best day care system, but we were No. 48 for female to male executives ratio in business.
How did red states versus blue states measure up? Blue states had an average range of 21.30 and red states had a rank of 31.25.
So what was WalletHub looking at? In childcare, it looked at quality of care, the cost of care, access to pediatric services and best school systems. (Texas was 27 according to its best school system rank).
In professional opportunities, Wallet hub looked at gender pay gap, the ratio to female executives to male executives, the median salary for women, the percentage of families in poverty, the female unemployment rate and the gender gap in different economic sectors.
In work-life balance, it looked at parental leave policy, length of a woman’s work week and average commute time.
I suspect if it took a city-by-city look, Austin would present a different picture than the rest of Texas, though I bet our average commute time is bringing the rest of the state down with it, while professional opportunities, access to pediatric services and salary for women might be bringing it up.
You can find out how other states ranked below: