The 10 best states for working moms

The role of motherhood in the U.S. certainly has evolved since the days of “Father Knows Best,” but there is still work to be done to change the notions about being a mom and having a career.

Women make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, but they still toil behind men making 85% of what men made in 2018, according to Pew Research Center. And although there have been strides made in employee benefits to offer greater assistance to working moms, there are still issues to be addressed.

“Not only do parental leave policies and other legal support systems vary by state, but the quality of infrastructure — from cost-effective day care to public schools — is also far from uniform as well,” says WalletHub. The personal finance website compared state dynamics across different metrics to determine a ranking of the best and worst states for working moms.

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In order to come up with its list, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three dimensions: child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance. It ranks each category, one through 51, with one being the best. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for working moms.

Scroll through to see the 10 best states for working moms.

Total Score: 52.99
Child Care Rank: 21
Professional Opportunities Rank: 45
Work-Life Balance Rank: 3
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New Hampshire
Total Score: 53.54
Child Care Rank: 4
Professional Opportunities Rank: 4
Work-Life Balance Rank: 34
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Total Score: 54.02
Child Care Rank: 13
Professional Opportunities Rank: 11
Work-Life Balance Rank: 10
Total Score: 55.36
Child Care Rank: 6
Professional Opportunities Rank: 3
Work-Life Balance Rank: 16
New Jersey
Total Score: 56.02
Child Care Rank:7
Professional Opportunities Rank: 25
Work-Life Balance Rank: 8
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District of Columbia
Total Score: 58.92
Child Care Rank: 8
Professional Opportunities Rank: 6
Work-Life Balance Rank: 6
Total Score: 60.92
Child Care Rank: 2
Professional Opportunities Rank: 2
Work-Life Balance Rank: 9
Total Score: 61.06
Child Care Rank: 3
Professional Opportunities Rank: 10
Work-Life Balance Rank: 5
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Rhode Island
Total Score: 61.96
Child Care Rank:11
Professional Opportunities Rank: 8
Work-Life Balance Rank: 2
Total Score: 66.87
Child Care Rank: 1
Professional Opportunities Rank: 30
Work-Life Balance Rank: 1