Study: DC ranks highly in helping working mothers; Virginia near bottom

WASHINGTON — There’s good and bad news for the D.C. area in a recent study on how well states provide for the unique needs of working parents.

The Work & Family Composite Index, released Wednesday by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, rates the states on factors such as access to paid leave, support for child and elder care, cost and quality of child care and the gender gap in labor force participation for parents of young kids, Fortune reports.

D.C. ranks No. 3 in the country, scoring high on such criteria as the gap between men’s and women’s wages and the percentage of women who have health insurance and own businesses; the District didn’t do very well on most health measurements.

Virginia, on the other hand, comes in at No. 45, scoring well on the education metric, as well as the percentage of working women who are in managerial and professional jobs, but doing poorly on political participation and availability of elder and dependent care.

Maryland ranks No. 22.

The news isn’t great anywhere, though: As Fortune points out, even the No. 1 state, New York, only grades out at a B.

The interactive map, which allows you to dig into the numbers, is here.

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