How does Louisiana rank for women?

Louisiana ranks as one of the worst states for women, according to a new WalletHub study. (Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE, THE ADVERTISER)

A new study shows Louisiana at the bottom of the list for the most women-friendly states.

Looking at data like median earnings for female workers, women’s preventive health care and shares of female-owned businesses,WalletHub ranked Louisiana at No. 51 in Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being, and No. 49 in Women’s Health Care & Safety. Categories that hurt Louisiana’s score included percentage of women living in poverty, and female homicide rate.

Minnesota topped the list of the best states for women, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Maryland, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Hawaii. The bottom 10 states were Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, New Mexico, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Nevada, South Carolina and Louisiana.

Mississippi has the highest percentage of women living in poverty, 24.8 percent, which is three times greater than in New Hampshire, the state with the lowest, 9.7 percent.  Alaska has the highest share of women-owned businesses, 22.87 percent, which is two times greater than in South Dakota, the state with the lowest, 14.04 percent. Texas has the highest female uninsured rate, 21 percent, which is seven times greater than in Massachusetts, the state with the lowest, 2.90 percent.

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