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Man, woman on scales Vermont’s high scores in five categories — median pay ratio by gender, female labor-force participation, college-degree attainment, health coverage and women in poverty — are related to the state’s progressive gender politics.

Vermont was one of the first states to grant women partial voting rights, and nearly 140 years later, it remains a leader in equal opportunity for women. For the third year, the state tops Bloomberg’s annual ranking of the best states for gender parity, followed by Minnesota and Maryland.

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