Man, woman on scales Vermont'shigh scores in five categories — median pay ratio by gender, femalelabor-force participation, college-degree attainment, healthcoverage and women in poverty — are related to the state'sprogressive gender politics.

Vermont was one of the first states to grant women partialvoting rights, and nearly 140 years later, it remains a leader inequal opportunity for women. For the thirdyear, the state tops Bloomberg's annual ranking of the best statesfor gender parity, followed by Minnesota and Maryland.

Vermont's high scores in five categories — median pay ratio by gender, female labor-forceparticipation, college-degree attainment, health coverage and womenin poverty — are related to the state's progressive genderpolitics, according to University of Vermont economics professorStephanie Seguino.

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