Shop Owners React to Va. Low Equality Ranking

Best States For Women's Equality

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  5. Nevada
  6. Delaware
  7. Minnesota
  8. New Mexico
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  8. Virginia
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  10. Nebraska (tied with Louisiana)
  11. Louisiana (tied with Nebraska)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A new study shows that Virginia ranks low when it comes to women's equality.

The commonwealth is the eighth worst state for women's equality in the country, according to WalletHub. The study ranked each state on 10 key metrics ranging from the gap in the number of female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy to the imbalance of their political representation

More men than women are employed in the city of Harrisonburg. While women earn about $2,570 per month, men make about $3,630 per month, according to 2013 numbers from the U.S. Census website.

Despite that trend, as of 2007, 27.4 percent of city businesses are owned by women.

Sara Christensen, owner of The Lady Jane, is surprised that the ranking is so low. She said locally running this shop has never been a problem and that being flexible and learning to run a business financially, in addition to the creative side, opened doors for her.

"Harrisonburg has been very open to female business owners. My last location, I only had female neighbors. And I don't think that that was necessarily intentional but it was a really neat community kind of cheering on each other," said Christensen.

Other factors include minimum wage workers. In West Virginia, there are 60 percent more women working those jobs, according to WalletHub. The Mountain State ranks 29th on the list.


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