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The way things are currently going with our economy, it’s no surprise that many women have to work.  Even if they have a partner or husband working, there are many women who also work outside of the home to help support and provide for their families.  According to WalletHub, women make up almost half of the U.S. workforce.  And of those, you have a lot of working moms.  In fact, in 2022, 73% of moms with children under 18 were working.

Being a working mom has its challenges. Not just trying to balance home and work life, but also the financial aspect.  We unfortunately still battle with inequality when it comes to the average hourly wage.  Women are still making around 82% of what men make.

It seems women are often put in a position where they have to choose between their career and their family.  And even though that doesn’t seem fair, it’s a reality.  Thankfully, there are places throughout the country that are making progress. Unfortunately, when WalletHub took a look at working moms in each state, South Carolina did not fare well.

When it comes to the best and worst states for working moms, South Carolina came in 50 out of 51! WalletHub took at look at 17 key metrics when determining the rankings.  These metrics include: child care availability and costs, professional opportunities, and work-life balance.

While Georgia does appear to be a little better for the working moms, we still ranked at 38 out of 51. To see the full list, click here.

  • 5 Best States For Working Moms

  • 5. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin came in third on the list of states with the lowest gender pay gap.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    58.51 11 3 11
    Wisconsin

    Photo: benkrut/iStock/Getty Images

  • 4. District of Columbia

    The District of Columbia has the second highest female executive to male executive ratio.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    59.62 3 13 7
    District of Columbia

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  • 3. Connecticut

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    61.06 5 5 51
    Connecticut

    Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • 2. Rhode Island

    Rhode Island does have the lowest gender pay gap out of all of the states. They also have the 5th highest female executive to male executive ratio.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    65.05 10 2 2
    Rhode Island

    Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • 1. Massachusetts

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    66.20 2 11 1
    Massachusetts

    Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

  • 5 Worst States For Working Moms

  • 5. West Virginia

    West Virginia has one of the worst gender pay gaps, coming in 47 out of 51.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    32.31 47 51 32
    West Virginia

    Photo: Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • 4. Mississippi

    Mississippi does have some of the lowest child care costs, coming in 4th lowest.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    32.17 44 44 49
    Mississippi

    Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • 3. Alabama

    Unfortunately, Alabama is a state that has a low female executive to male executive ratio. They also ranked 47 out of 51 when it comes to the daycare systems.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    31.04 46 47 43
    Alabama

    Photo: Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • 2. South Carolina

    South Carolina comes in 49 out of 51 when it comes to female executive to male executive ratio.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    30.20 48 45 45
    South Carolina

    Photo: Kruck20/iStock/Getty Images

  • 1. Louisiana

    Louisiana ranks 48 out of 51 when it comes to daycare systems.

    Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
    29.14 50 50 38
    Louisiana

    Photo: Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

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