While living there may be a little too chilly for some, Minnesota is the best state in the nation for women's health and well-being, a study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research
suggests, according to The Washington Post.
The broad-sweeping study, the nonprofit's third Status of Women in the States survey,
charts multiple issues, including employment and earnings, political participation, poverty and opportunity, work and family, as well as health.
The report noted that Minnesota "has the lowest female mortality rate from heart disease and ranks in the top ten on all other component indicators except for lung cancer and suicide mortality rates and incidence of AIDS."
Those earning top grades for employment include the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut, while Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Idaho, and West Virginia all earned failing grades of F.
In poverty and opportunity, the study found the District of Columbia again on top, followed by Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Hawaii. The toughest states for women and poverty were Mississippi and Arkansas, earning F grades, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisiana, all earning D-minuses.
No state earned an A grade for work and family. But New York, California and the District of Columbia received B's while New Jersey and Rhode Island scored B-minuses. Indiana, Utah, and Montana were dubbed F states with Mississippi and Wyoming receiving D-minus rankings in that category.
New Hampshire led the nation on women's participation in politics, while Utah, Texas, and West Virginia received D grades.
Other findings from the report included: Women earn 78.3 cents for every dollar earned by men; women will not catch up to the wages of men, at the current rate, until 2058; men are more likely to work in STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and math) than women.
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