New York's Working-Moms Problem

Study shows the Empire State is lacking in quality pay and care for career-oriented mothers.

Come Sunday, the mothers of Westchester will be pampered, dined, and showered with love (and, more importantly, gifts) by those whom they comfort and care for. But does New York itself demonstrate similar gratitude? Unfortunately, not quite. According to a recent  Wallethub study, New York actually ranked as the nation’s 13th worst state for working moms. 

The study calculated its scores according to 13 relevant metrics, such as gender pay gap, child-care costs, and female-unemployment rate. Notably, New York was tagged with the country’s fifth-highest child-care costs and sixth-lowest median women’s salary when adjusted for cost of living. So the question going forward is: How can New York companies begin to level the playing field?

“A company-wide culture that all employees are important and will be allowed to rise without regard to gender, race, religion, or age is critical,” Diane Halpern, Professor of Psychology at California’s Claremont McKenna College, opined to Wallethub in response to the study. “It needs to begin at the top and permeate throughout the organization.”

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Some of the the Empire State’s additional disappointing results include:
• 19th for access to pediatric services.
• The 13th-highest gender pay gap.
• 29th in female-unemployment rate.
• The 26th-longest women’s workday. 
• And 19th in percentage of single-mother families living in poverty.

However, there are a couple causes for optimism. New York’s daycare facilities were ranked first, and it boasts the 13th-highest ratio of female to male executives. Not to mention, since no county-by-county breakdown was available, we can at least convince ourselves that Westchester couldn’t possibly be the weak link. 



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