Louisiana women face bleak circumstances, according to new study ranking the state 50th

Louisiana women face bleak circumstances on nearly every front from poverty to life expectancy to education, according to a new study released Monday.

The WalletHub study ranked Louisiana 50th among states and the District of Columbia as best places for women, ahead of only Oklahoma.

Among Louisiana's individual rankings among 25 metrics considered by WalletHub: median earnings, 39th; unemployment rate, 34th; percentage in poverty, 50th; business owners, 30th; high school graduation rate, 46th, percentage who voted in the presidential election, 46th; uninsured rate, 25th; life expectancy, 49th; quality of women's hospitals, 31st.

"Women in the U.S. still face a lot of adversity, so living in the right state can greatly impact their quality of life," WalletHub analyst Cassandra Happe said in a statement. "The best states for women provide equitable economic conditions, encourage robust political participation, have quality health care, and ensure safety for the women who reside there.”

Other recent reports also show Louisiana women with across-the-board hardships.

Louisiana Capitol, May 2023
Louisiana Capitol, May 2023

Last spring a WalletHub study ranked Louisiana as the worst state in America for working mothers with data showing moms here are shortchanged on everything from pay to childcare.

America's Health Ratings from the United Health Foundation listed Louisiana as the worst state for women and children's health in 2023.

And last year's Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Louisiana 49th for child well-being.

Louisiana also ranks 42nd in the percentage of women serving in the state Legislature at 23.6%, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, though a record high 34 women are serving in the Legislature this year.

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Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Here's why Louisiana is ranked 50th in places for women to live