These Are the Best States for Working Moms in 2022

The best state for working moms? Massachusetts.
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May 4, 2022
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The past couple of years have been hard for working moms. Over 2 million women have left the workforce since the start of the pandemic, and there have since been nationwide calls for the government to acknowledge and compensate mothers for their invisible labor. While the conversation on the invisible labor of moms is far from over, some states are stepping up to support working mothers.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, looked at all 50 states and D.C., comparing them against 17 key metrics, to find which ones were best for working moms. The metrics included factors like childcare, gender pay gap, female unemployment rates, parental leave policies and more. Here’s what they found.

10 Best States for Working Moms

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Connecticut
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Minnesota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Vermont
  8. New Jersey
  9. New York
  10. New Hampshire

Further state-by-state analysis found that New York had the best day care systems, while Connecticut had the lowest gender pay gap. The District of Columbia was also found to have the highest female-to-male executives ratio.

It’s no secret that a lot more needs to be done to help ease the burden on working moms, but, for some states, this is a start. To view the full report, visit

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