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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
GoLocalPDX News Team

How does Oregon rank for women? 

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Oregon is ranked 17th in the country for women. 

“In 2017, women in some parts of America still get the short end of the stick — even as they outnumber men in all but six states. For instance, women represent nearly two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. They also constituted the majority of poor, uninsured adults in the 19 states that had not expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act as of September 2016,” said WalletHub. 

Oregon ranks 19th for women’s economic and social well-being and 12th for women’s health and safety. 

According to the study, Oregon has the third lowest median earnings for female workers in the country. 

The Rankings 

Oregon ranks behind Nebraska and South Dakota who rank 15th and 16th respectively. Oregon ranks ahead of Virginia and Kansas who rank 18th and 19th respectively. 

Minnesota ranks as the best state in the country for women, while Mississippi ranks as the worst state of women. 

See the Rankings in the Map Below 

Source: WalletHub

The Method 

To find the best states for women, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, including “Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being” and “Women’s Health & Safety.”

They examined those dimensions using 19 metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for women.

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

Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being – Total Points: 60


  • Median Earnings for Female Workers: Full Weight (~5.45 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate for Women: Full Weight (~5.45 Points)
  • Share of Women Living in Poverty: Full Weight (~5.45 Points)
  • Unaffordability of Doctor’s Visit: Full Weight (~5.45 Points)
  • Share of Women-Owned Businesses: Full Weight (~5.45 Points)
  • High School Dropout Rate for Women: Full Weight (~5.45 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Working Moms: Double Weight (~10.91 Points)
  • Friendliness Toward Women’s Equality: Double Weight (~10.91 Points)
  • Share of Women Who Voted in the 2012 Presidential Election: Full Weight (~5.45 Points)


Women’s Health Care & Safety – Total Points: 40

  • Quality of Women’s Hospitals: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Female Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Share of Women with Good or Better Health: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Women’s Preventive Health Care: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Share of Physically Active Women: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Baby-Friendliness: Double Weight (~7.27 Points)
  • Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Female Homicide Rate: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Prevalence of Rape Victimization Among Females: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
  • Prevalence of Stalking Victimization Among Women: Full Weight (~3.64 Points)
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