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August 31, 2015

It may or may not come as a surprise to some residents, but New Jersey has a dismal rating when it comes to women’s equality, according to Wallethub, the financial services website. The state ranked 38th in a recent look at 11 metrics that the company said indicate how equal women are in a given state.

New Jersey scored worst when it compared education of women to men -- ranking 41st in the country. Position in this category was determined by how many women had a Bachelor’s degree or higher and how well they did on math tests compared with men.

Women did somewhat better when the report looked at workplace environment, scoring an 18. Factors that made up workplace scores include equal pay, entrepreneurship, number of executives, unemployment, number of minimum-wage workers, and average work hours.

The lack of women in political posts also factored into New Jersey’s poor score for political empowerment, which considered the number of women in federal and state elected positions. New Jersey ranked 27th in the country.

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