Posted on December 11, 2002
Status of Women in the States
PND Connections - Status of Women in the States
The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) has released the 2002 results of its ongoing research project, Status of Women in the States, which measures and tracks the status of women in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. According to the report, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Vermont rank as the best states for women, while Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky were among the worst, based on criteria such as political participation, employment and earnings, health and well being, and social and economic autonomy. The project is part of IWPR's Economic Policy Education Program, which is funded by the Ford Foundation and aims to improve the ability of advocates and policymakers at the state level to address women's economic issues. In addition to the complete report (120 pages, PDF), the IWPR Web site features an overview of the national study, in-depth studies for nine states, and fact sheets for each of the states that include rankings on key indicators.