Louisville one of the worst places for working women

03/22/2018 01:55 PM

Louisville has a lot to offer, from bourbon to gourmet food and the Kentucky Derby. But according to a new study, the city is not a good place for working women.

Magnify Money conducted a study of the best and worst places for working women, and Louisville came in 39th out of the 50 largest United States metro areas.

The study analyzed and ranked the cities based on eight factors:

  • Employment: The percent of women who were unemployed
  • Health Care: The percentage of women who have employer-based health insurance
  • Business Ownership: Percent of businesses owned by women
  • Management Positions: Percent of women in management occupations
  • Wage Gap: The pay gap percentage between men and women
  • Child Care: The average cost of child care
  • Representation: The percent of women elected officials
  • Workplace protections: State pregnancy and parental workplace protections in place.

Louisville received an overall score of 41.6, slightly below the average of 49.1. The city received the lowest score when it came to parental and pregnancy workplace state protections, receiving a whopping zero. Louisville also received a low score when it came to women elected officials, with only 16.7% of state lawmakers being women.

But close to 100 women are running for election in the midterm elections, so the percentage of women lawmakers could go up in 2018.

Washington D.C. was ranked as the best place for working women, while Detroit was cited as the worst.

To view the full study click here.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com


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