Is Texas a great place for working moms? Survey finds mixed results

Texas isn’t the worst state to be a working mom, but it certainly isn’t the best, says a new Wallet Hub survey. In fact, it came in No. 33.

Where would we have to move if we wanted to live in the best place for working moms? Vermont, which is lovely in summer and fall, but those winters and the spring that never comes — pass.

What’s Vermont have that we don’t have? Better day care, better work-life balance, better professional opportunities.

If you don’t like Vermont, Minnesota was No. 2, New Jersey was No. 3, Delaware was No. 4 and Connecticut was No. 5.

Is Texas a great place to be a working mom? (Credit: Eric Doggett)

Texas did great in day-care quality — we’re No. 3 — OK in child care costs (No. 13), great in median women’s salary adjust for cost of living (No. 10), and female unemployment rate (No. 17).

We’re OK in pediatricians per capita (No. 29), gender pay gap (No. 30), parental-leave policy (No. 37) and single moms living in poverty (No. 33).

What Texas employers need to work on: length of a woman’s workday (No. 49) and  ratio to female to male executives (No. 47).

We’ve been talking a lot about that work-life balance.

We’ve heard from Sheryl Sandberg about leaning in. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, will be in Austin in November for the Texas Conference for Women. 

We’ve also heard from author Lisen Stromberg, who talks about the way that women are crafting their careers in different ways that wouldn’t always be considered leaning in in her book “Work. Pause. Thrive.”

And, we’ve also been told that moms need to make their primary role motherhood and not outsource the parenting to another person and certainly not day-care by author Erica Komisar.


Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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