Minnesota is the most women-friendly state, survey says

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When it comes to the most women-friendly states, Minnesota is No. 1.

That's according to a WalletHub survey released this week ahead of National Women's History Month, which is March.

The personal finance website looked at 19 metrics ranging from how much women make to life expectancy for women. Minnesota got a score of 78.37 out of 100. Vermont came in at No. 2 with a score of 76.08, followed by North Dakota at No. 3, and Massachusetts and New Hampshire rounding out the top five.

Overall, Minnesota ranked No. 1 for "women's economic and social wellbeing" and No. 5 for "women's health and safety." Here's how the women-friendliness for the state breaks down:

  • Highest median earnings for female workers (adjusted for cost of living): Minnesota ranks No. 6.
  • Lowest unemployment rate for women: No. 4.
  • Lowest percentage of women in poverty: No. 6.
  • Lowest high school dropout rate for women: No. 2.
  • Highest percent of women who voted in the 2012 presidential election: No. 4.
  • Lowest female uninsured rate: No. 5.
  • Highest life expectancy for women at birth: No. 2.
  • Quality of women's hospitals: No. 5.
  • Women's preventive health care: No. 13.

Read more about the survey here.

National Women's History Month

National Women's History Week was first established by Congress in 1981, before it was expanded to National Women's History Month in 1987.

The roots for it date back to March 8, 1857, when women from factories in New York City protested over working conditions, the Census Bureau says.

This year's National Women's History Month theme is "honoring trailblazing women in labor and business," according to the National Women's History Project. The project's website says "women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid."

Being underpaid is still an issue today, with the Census Bureau noting the median annual earnings of women age 15 and older who worked full-time in 2015 is $40,742. For men, it was $51,212. That same year, female workers who worked full-time made 80 cents to every dollar their male counterpart earned.

For more facts on women for National Women's History Month, click here.

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