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CT ranks in the middle when it comes to women's equality

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut is in the middle of the road when it comes to women’s equality.

The personal finance website WalletHub.com said the state ranked 25th on its best and worst states for women’s equality list.

Connecticut’s “workplace environment” rank was 21, its “education and health rank” was 36 and its political empowerment rank was 9.

WalletHub said it conducted its research in light of Women’s Equality Day, which is Aug. 26.

It said it crunched gender disparity numbers in 50 states. It looked at 10 metrics, ranging from the gap in the number of female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy. It also looked at political representation.

The website said despite leaps and bounds since the passage of the 19th amendment, many woman still struggle with a gender gap.

In 2013, the U.S. failed to make it into the top 20 of a World Economic Forum’s list of the most gender-equal countries. It was 23rd behind developing nations like Nicaragua and the Philippines.

In March of this year, the Center for American Progress reported that women make up 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.

Though they are the majority of the workforce in financial services and healthcare industries, none sit atop their companies, according to WalletHub.

Though the country has closed its gender education gap, nearly two-thirds of minimum wage earners are women, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

To see the results of WalletHub's study, click here.

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