Indiana ranks in the bottom third of the country in new report that examine the economic status of women. For the third consecutive year Indiana received a grade of D.
The data comes from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The group compares all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the annual report.
The letter grades are based on six metrics including employment and earnings, political participation and work and family.
In the specific category of work and family Indiana ranks last in the country.
“So I think in that area in particular there just hasn’t been an appetite to do the things that would take to benefit families and in particular to benefit women who are disproportionately are balancing work and family,” says Erin Macey, a policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families.
Macey says there were a number of bills this session that targeted issues of particular importance to families – things such as improving Indiana’s equal pay law, increasing the minimum wage, creating workplace accommodations for pregnant women and a paid family leave program. But she says they failed to gain any real traction.
“I’m looking forward to at a minimum at least engaging in dialogue about these kinds of bills, the kind of bills that we passed on this session,” Macey says. “But they didn’t even get a hearing. That’s really surprising and is something that needs to change.”
Macey hopes national pressure from the “me too” movement and about the gender wage gap will push Indiana to make progress.
Indiana’s highest grade was in political participation, where the state received a C-minus.