Virginia ranked fifth worst state for women’s equality

Published 10:14 am Wednesday, August 29, 2018

With Women’s Equality Day around the corner and the U.S. ranking No. 49 out of 144 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index — falling four spots since the previous year — the personal-finance website WalletHub, last Tuesday, released its report on 2018’s Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality. WalletHub ranked Virginia as the fifth worst state for women’s equality.

In order to determine where women receive the most equal treatment in American society, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity in unemployment rates for women and men.

On a scale of one to 50 with one being best and 25 being average, Virginia was ranked 31st in earnings gap, 42nd in executive positions gap, 48th in educational attainment gap among advanced degree holders, 37th in unemployment rate gap and 46th in political representation gap.

The full report is available at

WalletHub is owned by Evolution Finance Inc. and is headquartered in Washington D.C.