March 8, 2021
Happy International Women’s Day!
“Here’s to strong women! May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” Happy International Women’s Day to all of the powerhouse women out there! Today is a day of celebration for the progress and achievements of all women.
On another note, 2020 was encompassed with constant uncertainty and strenuous circumstances. This is especially evident among the female population of the United States. According to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, 156,000 women left the workforce, dubbing it the “she-cession”. While females saw a considerable decrease in the workforce, men saw growth with an additional 16,000 positions. Breaking this down even further a study described by the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal noted that ⅔ of minimum wage jobs in the country are held by women. Rebuilding from these current obstacles may take some time, yet we have confidence that the rate of women returning to the workforce will continue to rise.
Interestingly, some states out-perform others in regard to their landscape for female success. According to Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, WalletHub conducted a study that analyzed all 50 states with the addition of the District of Columbia to determine the best states for women. Some of the factors analyzed included median earnings, preventative healthcare, and homicide rate. The overall winner – Minnesota! Scoring a 78 out of 100 (WalletHub). To break down this first-place position: Minnesota ranked second place for median income, fifth for high life expectancy, fourth for women graduating high school, and fourth for women in poverty (WalletHub). Maine took second place overall and Vermont came in third.