We all know a mom or mom figure who makes it work both in and outside of the home — and it’s being recognized right before Mother’s Day. A recent study conducted by Wallethub identified the best states for working moms, and our home state made the top 10 list. New Jersey was ranked #8 in a nationwide survey of states measured against different metrics that contribute to an environment of success for working mothers. Read on to learn more about the study and why New Jersey was ranked one of the best states for working moms.
According to Wallethub, the top 10 states for working moms are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington DC, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire. The study was created based on 27 different metrics in each state to determine the final ranking. These metrics included daycare quality, child care costs, gender pay gaps, and female-to-male ratios in the workplace.
Out of a possible score of 100, New Jersey’s final score was 55.26, making it 8th on the total list of best states for working moms. The state ranked #15 in both overall child care and professional opportunities, and #8 in work-life balance.
This study comes after a decrease in women in the workforce due to COVID-19. Wallethub explained that women make up about half of this number and that about 68% of moms with children under 18 were working as of 2021 – but this number dropped about 1.3% between 2019 and 2021.
Our community is filled with so many amazing women working in and outside of the home. There are many ways to support these women, from shopping at a women-owned business or eating at a women-owned restaurant, or learning about a women-run community organization.