Americans have made great strides in gender equality in the workplace over the last several decades, but ask any working mom and she will tell you that there is still room for improvement.

Even President Obama has finally caught on, including an emphasis on gender equality in his 2014 State of the Union Address: "A woman deserves equal pay for equal work,” he commented. "She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what? A father does, too.”

So how does your state rank when it comes to gender equality? A recent survey took a look at each state's resources for working mothers by measuring such metrics as day care availability and cost, parental leave policies, pay gap differences, and the ratio of female-to-male executives.  

According to the survey, the top 10 states for working moms are:

Overall Rank
State Name
Child Care Rank
Professional Opportunities Rank
Work-Life Balance Rank
1
Oregon
15
10
1
2
District of Columbia
11
1
34
3
Vermont
15
13
4
4
Maine
18
12
4
5
New York
10
7
21
6
Delaware
1
10
46
7
Rhode Island
26
3
7
8
California
17
17
11
9
Massachusetts
4
19
15
10
Ohio
4
23
12
And where are the worst states for moms to live and work? Here's the flip side of the chart:
Overall Rank
State Name
Child Care Rank
Professional Opportunities Rank
Work-Life Balance Rank
42
Pennsylvania
43
22
24
43
Missouri
32
38
38
44
Colorado
42
37
22
45
Kansas
40
45
26
46
Nevada
51
14
47
47
South Carolina
48
31
38
48
Idaho
44
48
13
49
Wyoming
44
44
31
50
Mississippi
35
47
48
51
Louisiana
50
50
35
So where does your state fall in the rankings? If it's not on either of these lists, you can check out the full report over at Wallet Hub.

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