Study: Massachusetts is 2nd best state for women

Greater gap between men and women exists in Springfield area, Women's Fund CEO says

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One-hundred women from around western Massachusetts gathered in downtown Springfield Thursday to come up with ways to make our region a better place to live and work.

In this first-of-its-kind conference, women from all different fields: corporate, nonprofit, government, and academic, and all four Western Mass counties, gathered together for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts Success Summit. The Women’s Fund is a public foundation that provides grants for empowering women and girls. On Thursday, those 100 women looked at issues such as income inequality.

A new survey released Thursday by the website WalletHub said Massachusetts is the second best state for women. Women in Massachusetts earn about 84 cents to the dollar men earn, which is better than other states, but not good enough.

“We did a status of women in western Mass and we found it’s even worse here. Especially in Hampden County; it’s the worst county in the state in terms of wage inequality for women,” Women’s Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman said.

The Women’s Fund wants wives, mothers, single women, and daughters in our region to have the education, training, transportation, and child care services to be able to take advantage of high-paying leadership positions.

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