If you’re a woman seeking equality, South Carolina may not be the place to be.
The Palmetto State ranked 4th worst state in the union for women’s equality, according to a newly released analysis by WalletHub.
For the 2017’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality ranking, WalletHub accounted for income gap, how many women hold a higher education degree when compared to men and how women were represented politically, among other factors.
Among the highlights nationwide, the analysis found that in every state, women earn less than men, and men have longer average workdays than women. It also found that in nearly every state, women represent the highest share of minim-wage workers; five states have an equal ratio.
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South Carolina’s highlights include ranking 15th for average workdays and 18th for its share of women with minimum-wage jobs. But the Palmetto State’s women were less likely to hold a bachelor’s degree than men, coming in at 49th and less likely to be represented by women politically, ranking 48th.
South Carolina has no elected officials who are women in Congress, and until 2012, had no women in the state senate for years. Since 2012, the number of state senators has grown to four. Overall, women held just 14.7 percent of the 170 seats in the S.C. Legislature in 2016.
Cynthia Roldán: @CynthiaRoldan