Maryland ranks #6 on the list of Best States for Women in 2024, according to a study from WalletHub.

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 26, 2024  - With Women’s History Month coming up in March, WalletHub just released its report on the Best & Worst States for Women in 2024 on Monday.

The report highlights the areas that provide an ideal living environment for women and the places that are in need of improvement.

“Women in the U.S. still face a lot of adversity, so living in the right state can greatly impact their quality of life," Cassandra Happe, WalletHub Analyst said. "The best states for women provide equitable economic conditions, encourage robust political participation, have quality health care, and ensure safety for the women who reside there.”

Massachusetts, Vermont/ Minnesota, Maine and Washington D.C. were ranked among the top five best states for women in the nation.

“Massachusetts is the best state for women in 2024, in part because it has one of the lowest unemployment rates for women and the lowest share of women who don’t have health insurance. Massachusetts hospitals rank third in the nation for women’s health care, and the state has the third-highest life expectancy for women, too,” Happe says.
“Companies can commit topaid family leave, paid sick leave, and support for childcare and other caring labor obligations that contribute to burnout. To support women in the workplace, companies also need to focus on fixing the broken rung, the crucial first step up in organizations that are the leakiest part of the pipeline for career advancement, especially for women of color. Policies that have been shown to work include pay transparency, banning prior salary history questions when hiring, training managers, dealing directly with microaggressions, and supporting flexible work options. In order to improve women’s experience at work, employers need to track outcomes and commit to organizational change," according to Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D. Director, Women’s Institute; Associate Professor, Chatham University.

In order to identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The data ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s health care to the female homicide rate.