Report: Women in Hawai‘i Have Longer Lives, Better HospitalsMarch 11, 2018, 10:00 AM HST (Updated March 9, 2018, 12:23 PM)
Women who live in Hawai‘i have the highest life expectancy at birth and the best female-friendly hospitals in the country, according to a recent report released by the online finance website, WalletHub. The state also ranks third in the nation women’s preventative health care services.
The results were determined in WalletHub’s 2018’s Best & Worst States for Women, a report that analyzed data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in light of Women’s History Month during March.
Recent online campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp have highlighted the continuing prevalence of sexual harassment throughout the nation, emphasizing continuing gender disparities that span employment, politics and healthcare services.
Hawai‘i ranked high on the list among the best states for “woman-friendliness” in terms of median employment, financial independence, insurance and access to healthcare.
Hawai‘i’s “Women-friendliness” (1=Best, 25=Average):
- 6th – Unemployment Rate for Women;
- 5th – Share of Women in Poverty;
- 6th – Share of Women-Owned Businesses;
- 4th – Female Uninsured Rate;
- 1st – Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth;
- 1st – Quality of Women’s Hospitals;
- 3rd – Women’s Preventive Health Care.
According to WalletHub, women outnumber men in most states, with two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. being female. With roughly 51 percent of the U.S. population consisting of women, their political representation is also skewed with only 22 percent of Senate members and 19.3 percent of the House of Representatives being female.