A state-by-state examination of women’s issues by the Center for American Progress reveals what most Louisiana women already know: the not-so-great Bayou State ranks last in just about every measure.

The worst state for women — by far — is Louisiana, the analysis reveals. It was released Wednesday by the Center for American Progress.

Louisiana_State_Capitol_TopIn terms of economic security, health and leadership representation, the analysis rates Louisiana the lowest, The Huffington Post reports. Full-time working women in Louisiana earn only 67 percent of what men earn, on average (the average for the country is 77 percent), and more than one in five women and girls in Louisiana are currently living in poverty, according to the story, which also notes:
Only 12 percent of Louisiana’s congressional seats are held by women, and the state has one of the top 10 worst maternal mortality rates in the country. There is only one OB-GYN for every 13,136 women in Louisiana, and nearly 20 percent of non-elderly women in the state are uninsured. Louisiana also requires an ultrasound, waiting period and counseling session before a woman can have an abortion.
The report also considered in its ratings the state’s minimum wage, family leave policies, percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K, the gender management gap and publicly funded contraceptive services. Other states that earned an “F” overall in these categories are Utah, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, South Dakota, Indiana and Georgia.
Women living in Maryland have it better than anywhere else. Read the story and view the map of how the states stack up here.

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