Utah is America's worst state for women's equality in 2018, study shows

Megan Schwab, a community engagement specialist with the International Rescue Committee of Boise, works at her desk, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Schwab is friends with Ethiopian refugee Bifituu Kadir and her daughter, Ruya Kadir. Three-year-old Ruya died Monday from wounds she received when a man armed with a knife attacked her birthday party, injuring nine people. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)

(KUTV) -- Women's rights have made great progress over the last 100 years.

But unfortunately, society still struggles to break boundaries and leave inequality the past.

The gender gap in the 21st Century has only expanded. In 2017, the U.S. failed to place in the top 40 of the World Economic Forum's ranking of 144 countries based on gender equality.

Utah is no exception. The Beehive State took last place on WalletHub's Best States for Women's Rights. Yes, last place.

Utah has the largest income gap between men and men and is has the largest educational attainment gap in the nation.

The state also placed 46th for the largest executive position gap, 48th the largest work hour gap, 43rd in political representation and 49th in unemployment.

Needless to say, there are big inequality problems between men and women in the Utah workforce.

The Beehive State definitely has a long way to go in order to change its ways.

The results of this study are based on information taken from 16 key indicators of gender equality in all 50 states.

Best States for Women's Rights List:

  1. New York
  2. Minnesota
  3. Maine
  4. Nevada
  5. Hawaii
  6. Delaware
  7. Alaska
  8. North Dakota
  9. Washington
  10. New Mexico
  11. Massachusetts
  12. West Virginia
  13. Illinois
  14. Iowa
  15. California
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Rhode Island
  18. Vermont
  19. Connecticut
  20. Indiana
  21. New Jersey
  22. Michigan
  23. Colorado
  24. Ohio
  25. Montana
  26. Oregon
  27. Nebraska
  28. Kentucky
  29. Pennsylvania
  30. Wyoming
  31. Marlyand
  32. New Hampshire
  33. Missouri
  34. Mississippi
  35. Tennessee
  36. North Carolina
  37. South Dakota
  38. Alabama
  39. Kansas
  40. Georgia
  41. Oklahoma
  42. Florida
  43. Arkansas
  44. Louisiana
  45. South Carolina
  46. Virginia
  47. Arizona
  48. Texas
  49. Idaho
  50. Utah

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