Before you know it Berkshire County friends and neighbors, Mother's Day will be here(Sunday, May 14th)! But really, is it even possible to celebrate Mom and all that she's done for you in one 24-hour stretch? EVERY day should be Mother's Day!

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Massachusetts is celebrating moms in a unique fashion by being the best state in the country for working moms! That's right. According to the personal finance experts at WalletHub, Massachusetts is numero uno for working mothers.

Women make up nearly half of the workforce in the U.S. and WalletHub reports that last year in 2022, 73% of moms with children under the age of 18 were working. Unfortunately, many women are working just as hard, if not harder, in the same positions as their male counterparts while earning substantially less.

Fortunately, conditions are not the same across the country. Positive changes are happening in certain states and regions of the country, and WalletHub's study "2023's Best & Worst States for Working Moms" backs that up.

The WalletHub looked at and compared numerous key metrics in each state and the District of Columbia such as the ratio of female executives to male executives, the female unemployment rate, child-care costs, the quality of day-care, and more.

The Commonwealth finished somewhere in the top 50% in every key metric and ranked at the top in two of them. Massachusetts was #1 for the lowest female unemployment rate and #1 for having the highest Parental-Leave Police score.

Here are the top 10 Best States for Working Moms in 2023, according to WalletHub:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Connecticut
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Minnesota
  7. Vermont
  8. New Jersey
  9. Maine
  10. Delaware

Isn't that awesome? You may notice that New England as a whole is well accounted for on that list (New Hampshire landed at #15). Here are the 5 Worst States for Working Moms in 2023:

  1. Louisiana
  2. South Carolina
  3. Alabama
  4. Mississippi
  5. West Virginia

Do yourself a favor and check out the full overall rankings plus which states performed highly in certain metrics and which performed poorly by visiting WalletHub's website here. It's an excellent read.

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