Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force. And many of those are working moms. In fact,  nearly 68% of moms with children under age 18 were working in 2021. But working mom’s can face an uphill battle in the workplace. It’s well documented and talked about that their average hourly wage is only 84% of what men make. On top of that  only, 6.2% of S&P 500 companies’ chief executives are women. Many women also feel that society makes them choose between career and family. Things that can impact whether or not a woman makes that choice include parental leave, availability of affordable childcare, and other indicators. WalletHub compared state dynamics across 17 key metrics to identify the Best & Worst States for women. And North Carolina ranked in the bottom half of states for working moms.

Below are the states ranked best to worst. Read on to find out where North Carolina ranks for working moms, our overall score, and our rankings for child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance.

  • 1. Massachusetts

    Total Score: 62.99

    Child Care: 4

    Professional Opportunities: 22

    Work-Life Balance: 1

    Massachusetts

  • 2. Connecticut

    Total Score: 62.95

    Child Care: 5

    Professional Opportunities: 1

    Work-Life Balance: 5

    Connecticut

  • 3. Rhode Island

    Total Score: 61.99

    Child Care: 7

    Professional Opportunities: 9

    Work-Life Balance: 2

    Rhode Island

  • 4. Minnesota

    Total Score: 59.79

    Child Care: 1

    Professional Opportunities: 3

    Work-Life Balance: 15

    Minnesota

  • 5. Wisconsin

    Total Score: 57.57

    Child Care: 6

    Professional Opportunities: 5

    Work-Life Balance: 10

    Wisconsin

  • 6. District of Columbia

    Total Score: 57.35

    Child Care: 11

    Professional Opportunities: 7

    Work-Life Balance: 7

  • 7. Vermont

    Total Score: 55.4

    Child Care: 9

    Professional Opportunities: 21

    Work-Life Balance: 9

  • 8. New Jersey

    Total Score: 55.26

    Child Care: 15

    Professional Opportunities: 15

    Work-Life Balance: 8

  • 9. New York

    Total Score: 53.53

    Child Care: 3

    Professional Opportunities: 36

    Work-Life Balance: 13

  • 10. New Hampshire

    Total Score: 52.19

    Child Care: 34

    Professional Opportunities: 20

    Work-Life Balance: 3

    New Hampshire

  • 11. Washington

    Total Score: 51.89

    Child Care: 34

    Professional Opportunities: 20

    Work-Life Balance: 3

  • 12. South Dakota

    Total Score: 51.02

    Child Care: 20

    Professional Opportunities: 2

    Work-Life Balance: 24

  • 13. Illinois

    Total Score: 51.02

    Child Care: 2

    Professional Opportunities: 33

    Work-Life Balance: 26

  • 14. Maine

    Total Score: 49.19

    Child Care: 18

    Professional Opportunities: 43

    Work-Life Balance: 14

  • 15. Oregon

    Total Score: 48.89

    Child Care: 39

    Professional Opportunities: 18

    Work-Life Balance: 4

    Oregon

  • 16. North Dakota

    Total Score: 48.56

    Child Care: 14

    Professional Opportunities: 28

    Work-Life Balance: 20

  • 17. Kansas

    Total Score: 47.95

    Child Care: 21

    Professional Opportunities: 24

    Work-Life Balance: 21

  • 18. Tennessee

    Total Score: 47.2

    Child Care: 10

    Professional Opportunities: 13

    Work-Life Balance: 48

  • 19. Maryland

    Total Score: 47.17

    Child Care: 16

    Professional Opportunities: 6

    Work-Life Balance: 50

  • 20. Virginia

    Total Score: 47.11

    Child Care: 12

    Professional Opportunities: 12

    Work-Life Balance: 44

    Virginia

  • 21. Indiana

    Total Score: 46.42

    Child Care: 17

    Professional Opportunities: 32

    Work-Life Balance: 29

  • 22. Delaware

    Total Score: 46.4

    Child Care: 13

    Professional Opportunities: 23

    Work-Life Balance: 41

  • 23. Iowa

    Total Score: 46.38

    Child Care: 25

    Professional Opportunities: 16

    Work-Life Balance: 19

  • 24. Utah

    Total Score: 45.77

    Child Care: 24

    Professional Opportunities: 47

    Work-Life Balance: 12

  • 25. Montana

    Total Score: 45.32

    Child Care: 30

    Professional Opportunities: 37

    Work-Life Balance: 11

    Montana

  • 26. Florida

    Total Score:  45.24

    Child Care: 19

    Professional Opportunities: 19

    Work-Life Balance: 43

  • 27. Nebraska

    Total Score: 44.19

    Child Care: 29

    Professional Opportunities: 11

    Work-Life Balance: 27

  • 28. Texas

    Total Score: 42.39

    Child Care: 23

    Professional Opportunities: 10

    Work-Life Balance: 47

  • 29. Kentucky

    Total Score: 42.82

    Child Care: 22

    Professional Opportunities: 42

    Work-Life Balance: 35

  • 30. Ohio

    Total Score: 42.82

    Child Care: 38

    Professional Opportunities: 14

    Work-Life Balance: 22

    Ohio

  • 31. Wyoming

    Total Score: 42.27

    Child Care: 26

    Professional Opportunities: 46

    Work-Life Balance: 18

  • 32. Pennslyvania

    Total Score: 41.57

    Child Care: 27

    Professional Opportunities: 29

    Work-Life Balance: 37

  • 33. Michigan

    Total Score: 41.35

    Child Care: 32

    Professional Opportunities: 26

    Work-Life Balance: 31

  • 34. Missouri

    Total Score: 40.91

    Child Care: 28

    Professional Opportunities: 27

    Work-Life Balance: 40

  • 35. Colorado

    Total Score: 40.89

    Child Care: 35

    Professional Opportunities: 25

    Work-Life Balance: 30

    Denver Colorado

  • 36. North Carolina

    Total Score: 40.69

    Child Care: 37

    Professional Opportunities: 17

    Work-Life Balance: 36

  • 37. Arizona

    Total Score: 39.64

    Child Care: 43

    Professional Opportunities: 8

    Work-Life Balance: 33

  • 38. New Mexico

    Total Score: 39.07

    Child Care: 40

    Professional Opportunities: 35

    Work-Life Balance: 28

  • 39. Hawaii

    Total Score: 38.94

    Child Care: 36

    Professional Opportunities: 49

    Work-Life Balance: 16

  • 40. Alaska

    Total Score: 38.62

    Child Care: 41

    Professional Opportunities: 34

    Alaska

    Work-Life Balance:23

  • 41. Arkansas

    Total Score: 38.45

    Child Care: 42

    Professional Opportunities: 31

    Work-Life Balance: 25

  • 42. California

    Total Score: 38.44

    Child Care: 49

    Professional Opportunities: 39

    Work-Life Balance: 6

  • 43. Georgia

    Total Score: 37.46

    Child Care: 31

    Professional Opportunities: 30

    Work-Life Balance: 51

  • 44. Oklahoma

    Total Score: 37.30

    Child Care: 33

    Professional Opportunities: 44

    Work-Life Balance: 39

  • 45. West Virginia

    Total Score: 35.33

    Child Care: 46

    Professional Opportunities: 40

    Work-Life Balance: 32

    West Virginia

  • 46. Nevada

    Total Score: 32.6

    Child Care: 47

    Professional Opportunities: 38

    Work-Life Balance: 46

  • 47. Idaho

    Total Score: 32.43

    Child Care: 51

    Professional Opportunities: 45

    Work-Life Balance: 17

  • 48. South Carolina

    Total Score: 31.98

    Child Care:  45

    Professional Opportunities: 48

    Work-Life Balance: 45

  • 49. Alabama

    Total Score: 31.33

    Child Care: 48

    Professional Opportunities: 41

    Work-Life Balance: 42

  • 50 Mississippi

    Total Score: 29.14

    Child Care: 44

    Professional Opportunities: 51

    Work-Life Balance: 49

  • 51. Louisiana

    Total Score: 27.38

    Child Care: 50

    Professional Opportunities: 50

    Work-Life Balance: 38