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Pacific Northwest Offers Three Different Experiences for Working Mothers — Dave’s Diary

 M is for the many things she gave me…but what have we given mom?  What’s Washington’s environment for working motherhood?Mother’s Day is this Sunday and while most of us will give mom the day off it is important to note that women now comprise roughly half of the American workforce. As the ladies stand toe to toe with men on the job they make less money and have far less upward mobility according to a report from WalletHub.com.

Less than 5% of Fortune 500 companies have female chief executives and even the new crop of high-profile female CEOs seems to be significantly underpaid relative to their peers.

WalletHub writers report that workplace inequality is important not only in the spirit of a merit-based economy, but also for deeply ingrained social reasons like should women have to choose between their career and their family?

Progress is taking shape at different rates across the country. Not only do parental leave policies and other legal support systems vary by state, but the quality of infrastructure – from cost-effective day care to public schools – are far from uniform as well.

Topping the list of best states for moms is Oregon. Idaho sits at 48 and in the overall lower third is Washington tied at 33rd with Oklahoma.

The worst state in the union to be a mom is Louisiana.

33rd place

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is nothing to brag about so make sure you do what you can to help make this Mother’s Day Special for all our Washington working moms!

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