How friendly is Massachusetts for women workers?
According to a 2015 study by WalletHub, how friendly is Massachusetts for women workers?
Utilizing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key metrics: Workplace environment, education, and political empowerment. Analysts then looked at 11 related measures, including pay, number of executives, and unemployment rate. Although Massachusetts received an average ranking of 21 out of 50 it did stand out in key areas.
“Massachusetts took the first spot for its low unemployment rate and was ranked No. 10 for entrepreneurship. Women workers also appeared to feel higher levels of political empowerment compared to other states,” according to WalletHub.
“Closing the gender pay gap comes down to institutional and social norm changes” states Daniel P. Aldrich, political science professor at Northeastern University. “Studies have shown that women are less likely than men to advocate for higher wages, and need coaching and a supportive environment to make this behavior more regular,” Aldrich told WalletHub. He also urged institutions to provide better childcare solutions, flextime, and equal pay for women workers.