Best, Worst US States for Women Hawaii comes in at No. 1 By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Aug 24, 2016 9:58 AM CDT 52 comments Comments A palm tree against the Honolulu skyline. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, file) (Newser) – WalletHub set out to find which states do best when it comes to providing equality for women, and the results are good news for Hawaii and bad for Utah. They are at the top and bottom of the list, which uses factors from the workplace (including the pay gap between male and female executives), education (including disparities in "educational attainment"), and politics (including the number of female lawmakers). The best 10 states: Hawaii Alaska Maine California Vermont New Hampshire Minnesota Maryland New York Wisconsin And the worst 10: Virginia Oklahoma Kentucky Mississippi South Carolina Louisiana Pennsylvania New Jersey Georgia Utah Click for the full rankings and methodology.