The Constitution may pay lip service to the fact that all (wo)men are created equal, but let's be real — the status of women varies from region to region and heavily depends upon racial and economic factors. To analyze the best states for women to live in, a new survey by Wallethub compared statistics from all 50 states and Washington D.C. using 19 indicators that can be used to generally reflect women's wellbeing. These indicators include education rates, median income, the number of women-owned business in an area, female homicide rates, and more.
At a global perspective, the United States isn't one of the most hospitable countries for female folk. According to the U.N.'s 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, America ranks at #28 on the list, well below Iceland, Rwanda, Nicaragua, Namibia, South Africa, and Spain. A country's score is based upon wage equality, leadership roles in the workforce, and in politics, literacy rate, and life expectancy, and we have a long way to go before gender parity is reached. Still, there are places in the U.S. that seem to be well on the road to reaching that goal, while others fall farther and farther behind. Here are seven states that are great for women to live in — and why.