When it comes to the quality of women's lives, not all states are equal in the way they treat their female residents. For women, the best state in the country to call home is Maryland. That's the word from the Center for American Progress, which ranked all 50 states on 36 factors that contribute to a woman's well-being, all of which center around economics, leadership and health.

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Maryland was ranked number one based on the state's economic, leadership and management opportunities for women, as well as the health of its female residents. Specifically, the Old Line State ranked first in the nation for women reaching high-ranking positions in the public and private sectors. Louisiana was ranked as the worst place for women to live. In addition, seven of the top 10 worst states for women to live are in the South.

 

The top 10 best states for women, according to Center for American Progress:

  1. Maryland
  2. Hawaii
  3. Vermont
  4. California
  5. Delaware
  6. Connecticut
  7. Colorado
  8. New York
  9. New Jersey
  10. Washington

The top 10 worst states for women, according to Center for American Progress:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Utah
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Alabama
  5. Mississippi
  6. Texas
  7. Arkansas
  8. South Dakota
  9. Indiana
  10. Georgia