New York is a leader when it comes to business, entertainment, culture, media, technology and more. All of which makes sense for the Empire State.

But, according to financial website WalletHub and its new report, 2018's Best & Worst States for Women's Equality, New York is the #1 U.S. state in women's equality. That sparkling overall score includes great results in metrics like Workplace Environment, Education & Health, and Political Empowerment, even though New York failed to garner a #1 rank in any of these single sub-categories.

The Empire State was 9th in Workplace Environment, 12th in Education & Health, and 2nd in Political Empowerment, which measured the disparity in male-to-female representatives in Congress, the Senate, and other prominent lawmaking positions.

Central New York performs very well in this realm, featuring Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Mohawk Ltd. President Cathy Newell, Utica College President Laura Casamento, Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, former Assemblywoman and current Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services RoAnn Destito, and other powerful women.

One area New York did NOT perform well in was a #49 finish in Largest Gap in Business Executive Positions.

Minnesota ranked #2 overall in women's equality, while Maine was 3rd. The bottom three were Texas, Idaho, and Utah, which was dead-last.

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