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Oregon Ranked Among Best States for Working Moms in U.S.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
GoLocalPDX News Team

Oregon ranked 11th best state in U.S. for working moms
Oregon is ranked as one of the best states in the country for working moms. 

According to a recent study done by WalletHub, Oregon is the 11th best state in the country for working moms. 

"Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and more than 70 percent of moms with children younger than 18 are working. Yet women earned only 83 percent of what men made in 2015 and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that only 5.8 percent of S&P 500 companies’ chief executives are female," said WalletHub. 

Oregon’s Rankings: 

  • 41st - Child Care 
  • 18th - Professional opportunities 
  • 4th - Work-life balance 


The Rankings 

Oregon ranks behind New York and Illinois who rank 9th and 10th respectively. Oregon is ranked ahead of Montana and Wisconsin, who rank 12th and 13th respectively. 

Vermont is ranked as the best state in the country for working moms, while Alabama is ranked as the worst state in the country. 

See the full rankings in the map below. 

Source: WalletHub

The Method

To determine the best and worst states for working moms, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Child Care, 2) Professional Opportunities and 3) Work-Life Balance.

They evaluated those dimensions using 13 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for working moms.

They then calculated the total score for each state and the District based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to construct our final ranking.

Child Care – Total Points: 40

  • Day-Care Quality: Double Weight (~13.33 Points)
  • Child-Care Costs: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Pediatricians per Capita: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • School-System Quality: Double Weight (~13.33 Points)


Professional Opportunities – Total Points: 30

  • Gender Pay Gap: Double Weight (~8.57 Points)
  • Ratio of Female Executives to Male Executives: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Median Women’s Salary: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Share of Families in Poverty: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Female Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Gender-Representation Gap in Different Economic Sectors: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)


Work-Life Balance – Total Points: 30

  • Parental-Leave Policy Score: Double Weight (~15.00 Points)
  • Average Length of a Woman’s Work Week (in Hours): Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Women’s Average Commute Time (in Minutes): Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
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