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The Best (And Worst) U.S. States For Women

The topic of gender equality is all over the news these days and it’s no secret that there’s a long way to go before women everywhere are truly treated as equals to men. Of course, where a gal lives may affect how she’s being treated, and a new report by WalletHub reveals which states do the best at treating their female population fairly. 

The site determined their list by looking at all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of living standards for women, including median earnings, women’s preventative healthcare, job security, share of women-owned business, female homicide rates and more.

So, which state is the best for women? Well, that would be Minnesota, which earns a total score of 78.72 out of 100, and ranks number one for women’s economic and social well-being, and third for health and safety.

The Ten Best U.S. States For Women

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Vermont
  4. North Dakota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Maine
  7. Hawaii
  8. Connecticut
  9. Iowa
  10. New Hampshire

On the other end of the spectrum, Louisiana is the worst state for women, with an overall index score of just 36.27, coming in dead last for economic and social well-being, and 47th for health and safety.

The Worst States in the U.S. for Women

  1. Lousiana
  2. Arkansas
  3. Mississippi
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Alabama
  6. South Carolina
  7. West Virginia
  8. Nevada
  9. Georgia
  10. Texas

Click here to find out where your state lands. 

A few other tidbits from the study:

  • District of Columbia has the highest median earnings for female workers (adjusted for cost of living), while Hawaii has the lowest.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate for women, while New Mexico has the highest.
  • New Hampshire also has the lowest number of women living in poverty, while Mississippi has the highest.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest female uninsured rate, while Texas has the highest.

Source: WalletHub

Amazon To Break Into Banking?

Amazon has already successfully taken on retailers, and even supermarkets, and now it appears they are ready to give banks a little competition. 

According to the “Wall Street Journal,” Amazon is working on creating a checking-like account product for their customers. Details are scarse, and still in the early stages, but sources say the plan is to offer a bank-like product for younger customers without bank accounts, although sources insist Amazon won’t actually become a bank.

And that’s not the only financial move Amazon is in the process of making. The report say they are trying to get stores to accept Amazon Pay, with Whole Foods expected to be the first to start offering the option, especially since Amazon brought the company last year. The move will not only provide Amazon with access to more personal data from their clients, it will also help them save on fees they pay to other financial institutions.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Most Visited National Monuments & Parks in the U.S. Are...

It may only be March, but we bet there are some parents already thinking about what they’re going to do with their kid this summer. And there’s no doubt more than a few may be considering a trip to visit one of America’s great national monuments, parks or memorials. So, which of these destinations attracts the most visitors?

Well, according to the National Parks Service, Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs 469 miles, connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, is the most visited national site, attracting 16,093,765 people last year, while the Lincoln Memorial is the most popular monument/memorial, visited by 7,956,117 people last year.

Top Five Most Visited National Parks

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway (16,093,765 visitors)
  2. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA (14,981,987)
  3. Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee (11,338,893)
  4. Gateway National Recreation Area, Staten Island, NY (9,190,610
  5. Lake Meade National Recreation Area, Nevada (7,882,339)

Top Five Most Visited National Monuments/Memorials

  • Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC (7,956,117 visitors)
  • Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, Washington, DC (5,072,589)
  • World War II Memorial, Washington, DC (4,876,842)
  • Castle Clinton National Monument, New York (4,737,113)
  • Statute Of Liberty National Monument, New York NY ((4,441,988)

Source: USA Today

 It’s no secret that our language is always evolving and words that didn’t even exist 10 years ago are now simply part of every day life. Well, Merriam-Webster dictionary is constantly recognizing that, and they just came out with a list of 850 new words that have just been added to its online dictionary. This year’s new crop of words include “mansplain,” “subtweet” and “dumpster fire,” as well as “cryptocurrency,” “glamping,” and some words you probably already thought were in the dictionary, like “self-care” and “dark chocolate.” 

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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