Florida among worst states for working moms

Posted at 7:29 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 19:42:55-04

Interior Designer Angela Reynolds says she's not surprised that Florida is rated as one of the worst states for working moms. Angela said, "I went back to work when my kid was one, so I had to put him in a preschool facility and it was expensive."

The single mom says it took hard work to get her interior designing business off the ground. Now she has a half dozen employees. WalletHub ranked all of states across the country on how good or bad they are for working moms.The study looked at three key areas: child care costs, professional opportunities and how women's salaries stack up against men. Florida came in 40th place.

Attorney Gary Lesser says the Florida Bar Association is leading a push to change that-- and he hopes other businesses will follow,. "The Florida Bar Association took a survey. When 43 percent of young women lawyers said they don't feel that they have the same opportunities that's really a problem. We are following up on what we can do and what message we can send to law firms to make things better."

Angela hopes Florida will do more to encourage moms to go back to work."I think a lot of women that want to work don't work because it's cheaper to stay at home and be a stay-at-home mom than actually have a career."

Overall the top five states that are best for working mothers-- Vermont, Minnesota, Connecticut, North Dakota and Massachusetts.