Washington, D.C. ranks fourth on the recently released WalletHub ranking of best states for women in America.
District of Columbia got a total score of 69.72 on the list, with women’s economic and social well-being ranking of four, and women’s health and safety ranking of nine.
D.C. and 50 other states were compared by the personal finance site across 24 indicators of living standards for women. The study was predicated on two key dimensions –“Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being” and “Women’s Health & Safety” – for which 24 relevant metrics were used. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale.
The data set used for the ranking included median earnings for female workers, preventive health care for women, and female homicide rate.
About two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in America are represented by women, who, on the other hand, lack sufficient political representation in the country. Despite comprising 51 percent of the U.S. population, women make up only 25 percent of the Senate, and only 23.4 percent of the House of Representatives. Sexual harassment also remains as a significant issue facing American women.
According to Susan Chizeck, senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas, the state-level public policy agenda for women should include reproductive freedom, equal pay, equal rights, a good education system for children, and access to affordable health care for every family.
The data used for the ranking was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Educational Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Violence Policy Center, Council for Community and Economic Research, Womenable, U.S. News & World Report, WalletHub research, among other sources.