Today, Aug. 26, is Women’s Equality Day.

As even the White House acknowledges, much progress has been made but there is much more work to do to achieve better balance with men.

According to the Global Gender Gap Index, the United States ranks just 23rd. Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway lead the way toward women’s equality.

To mark Women’s Equality Day, WalletHub, a “leading personal finance social network,” has released an analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality.

The 50 states were evaluated on 10 key metrics, ranging from “the gap in the number of female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy to the imbalance of their political representation.”

Here’s how they ranked Women’s Equality in Hawaii:

  • 16th – Earnings Gap
  • 9th – Executive Positions Gap
  • 3rd – Workday Hours Gap
  • 17th – Educational Attainment Gap
  • 1st – Minimum-Wage Workers Gap
  • 21st – Unemployment Rate Gap
  • 2nd – Life Expectancy at Age 65 Gap
  • 2nd – Political Representation Gap

In fact, overall Hawaii is ranked No. 1, followed by New York, Maryland and Maine. Bringing up the rear are Texas, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

Women’s rights in the United States have made leaps and bounds since the passage of the 19th Amendment,” says Wallet Hub. “Yet many women today still struggle to crack the proverbial glass ceiling. And it doesn’t take a feminist to convince anyone that the gender gap in 21st-century America remains disgracefully wide.”

Click here for the full report.


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