Louisiana came in last place in Bloomberg’s new U.S. Gender-Equality Leadership rankings. The news organization used federal statistics to score states on male-female median pay ratios, female labor-force participation, education, health coverage and poverty, for which Louisiana came in at No. 50, just behind Mississippi. A secondary “leadership ranking” was scored by assessing women on corporate boards and in state legislatures, advanced degrees, six-figure salaries and business ownership. Louisiana was No. 41 on that front. Vermont was ranked highest among the states.
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