Minnesota: Where it’s pretty great to be a woman, right?

We have no choice but to leave it to women to confirm whether a report from WalletHub out today is correct: Minnesota is the best state for women.

That’s either an indication of how great Minnesota is or how poor 49 other states are. We cannot comment. We’re men. What do we know about what it’s like to be a woman anywhere?

All the usual states in surveys about great places show up at the top — Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin. All the usual ones show up at the bottom — Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma.

Minnesota doesn’t finish first in many of the individual categories that make up the total score; it is merely solidly above average — second in earnings, fifth in low uninsured rate, fourth in high school graduation, third in life expectancy, and fifth in low level of poverty.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t crack the top five in a state strength: voting.

Darcie Rives-East, a professor at Sioux Falls’ Augustana University notes the parallel between the best states for women and the politics of the state.

Last year’s survey also ranked Minnesota No. 1. Wisconsin maintained its No. 5 rank decide dropping five spots (to No. 15) in women’s safety and health.

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  • jon

    So correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the blue states nearly always at the top of these lists (minnesota, massachusetts, hawaii, etc.)

    And aren’t the red states always at the bottom of these lists (Alabama, Louisiana, etc.).

    Seems like it isn’t just women who should be looking at moving. Even if we are only the least bad.

    • Kassie

      Or they could just start voting Democrat. A lot easier than moving.

      • jon

        “Moving to a blue state doesn’t have to mean moving.”

        Put that over a picture of Uhaul and slap it on a billboard just on the minnesota side of the border.

  • Kassie

    I bet we would not look so good if we weren’t such a white state. Same with North Dakota. I think if we looked at women of color here versus women of color in other states, we would be much further down the list.

  • AL287

    The United States as a whole is light years behind Europe in terms of women/family friendly employment policies. It will be many years after the MeToo movement before we catch up if at all.

    Women enjoy much more generous maternity leave benefits and at least one month of vacation time in most European countries.

    Who wants to endure the name calling which includes being “bitchy”, “high strung”, “moody”, and “too emotional” to be in charge.

    Women would be much better off founding their own companies from the get go instead of hoping to be promoted to CEO in a male-dominated industry.

    I’d like to see the total number of women-owned businesses in Minnesota compared to other “blue” states or “red” states. That’s the real story.

    • Camille Beach

      We aren’t in the top 5, or the bottom 5. The article doesn’t seem to have actual numbers.

  • Barton

    Yes… Minnesota is better than other states I’ve lived in, but I still would not say it is great to be a woman here. It is just not as awful as other places I’ve lived.

    And I know my friends of color have it so much worse.

  • Guest

    It is all individual. Even if a woman had worked in all 50 states, another may have had different experiences.

    What company, what manager makes more difference than what state.

    That said, these multi-factor rankings boiled down to a single state rank are fun to read.

  • >>That’s either an indication of how great Minnesota is or how poor 49 other states are.<<

    I'm going to go with the latter.

  • Annie Modesitt

    So there are no women working at MPR news?

    “We cannot comment. We’re men. What do we know about what it’s like to be a woman anywhere?”

    I actually find that quote a bit troubling.

    • It’s the royal “we”, ma’am.

      • Annie Modesitt

        In that case, I find it even MORE troubling. You’re no king.