Florida among best states to “be female,” new study says

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When it comes to different labor, educational, legal and social conditions, Florida is among the best states to be female — and by far the best state in the South, according to a study released last week by the University of Connecticut.

The study looked at market conditions specific to women, including the gender pay gap, the prevalence of women in traditional female occupations, maternity leave provisions, and the cost of child care. The study also looked at educational attainment by women in each state, state approval of the equal rights amendment, levels of violence against women, sexual assault rates, fertility rates, and proportions of women in state legislative seats.

With these factors and more included, the UConn study strongly favored northeastern and West Coast states; while Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi occupy the least favorable slots.

Florida ranked well among the states, and comparably to Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Nevada.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.