Mississippi Voted Worst State For Women To Live
Mississippi is not for the misses
What do successful women like Oprah Winfrey, Robin Roberts and Ida B. Wells have in common? They were born in Mississippi.
What else do they have in common? They all left.
According to a study by iVillage.com, Mississippi was voted the worst state for women to live. They topped a list that also included Oklahoma, Arkansas, West Virginia and Kentucky in the top five.
Factors such as health care and reproductive rights as well as economic success, access to affordable childcare, female representation in government and educational attainment were considered.
CNN reports that 22% of women in Mississippi are impoverished and they earn the lowest average wages in the country with a median income of $28,879. They probably aren't making money because they aren't finishing school. The college graduation is only 21%. They are enjoying their country cooking though, because 68% of Mississippi women are overweight or obese.
Women in Mississippi do have one thing that women in other states don't have, cheap child care. The average cost per year of taking care a kid in The 'Sipp is $4,650 per year for an infant, the lowest in the country.
On the flip side, Connecticut was found to be the best state for women to live in. No, it wasn't because of the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team. It's because 35% of women have a college degree, the median salary is over $45,000 and 90% of the women there have health insurance. Connecticut was followed by Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and California as the top five.