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Report: Georgia Among Worst States for Women

March is Women’s History Month, a time when each year the contributions of women are highlighted. A recent reported studied where women are faring best in the nation and places that are in need of improvement. Analyst Cassandra Happe is with the personal finance website WalletHub, which conducted the study. She explains how the information was gathered.

“We looked at the 50 states and the District of Columbia, to figure out where the best and worst states for women are,” according to Happe. “To do that, we looked at 25 different metrics which can be grouped into two key categories: women’s economic and social well being and women’s healthcare and safety.”

That included median earnings, unemployment rates, uninsured rates, and obesity. She said Georgia is among the states needing the most improvement in some areas.

“Georgia struggled the most when it came to the affordability of doctors’ visits. They ranked 49th overall for that particular metric, and the friendliness toward women’s equality.”

But the Peach State did have some highlights.

“They ranked first overall for the unemployment rate for women, with just a three percent unemployment rate which is fantastic to see,” Happe said. “And they also ranked first when it came to the economic clout of women-owned firms in that state.

The report stated women represent more than two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the country.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!