It's hard to be a working mom in Mississippi

Mississippi is the second worst state in the nation for working mothers, WalletHub found when it evaluated attractiveness based on three categories: Child care, profesional opportunities and work-life balance. The one bright spot: The state has the lowest child care costs.

In a release announcing the rankings, WalletHub said: With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, the personal financial social network WalletHub on Monday released a study analyzing the Best & Worst States for Working Moms, based on nine metrics ranging from the cost and quality of day care to the gender pay gap and parental leave policies in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

The experts who reviewed the rankings most often mentioned equal pay and workplace equality as ways states could improve the lot of their women.

A brief overview of how Mississippi ranked in the report:

  • 40th – Day Care Quality
  • 1st – Child Care Costs
  • 31st – Access to Pediatric Services
  • 50th – Public School Quality
  • 47th – Gender Pay Gap
  • 36th – Ratio of Female to Male Executives
  • 34th – Parental Leave Policy
  • 46th – Length of the Average Woman’s Workday
  • 27th – Average Commute Time