According to time.com, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Time.com says the proclamation described the holiday as "a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

Clearly, the world was a very different place in the early 1900's.  As proof, an article on pbs.org says that in 1900, only 6% of married women had jobs outside of the home.

Fast-forward to 2019, when according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 70% of mothers with children under the age of 18 were "working moms."

Now, just in time for Mother's Day, Wallethub.com has published the results of a study on the Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

To determine the rankings, Wallethub says it used three main dimensions:

  1. Child Care (which includes things like day-care quality and costs, school-system quality, and pediatricians per capita);
  2. Professional Opportunities (includes gender pay gap, median women's salary, and other economic factors);
  3. Work-Life Balance (which includes parental-leave policies and average length of work weeks and commute times).

Based on that criteria, Wallethub determined that Massachusetts was the best state for working moms.

On the opposite end, Wallethub determined that Louisiana was the worst state for working moms.

So where does New Jersey rank?  According to Wallethub, the Garden State is the 6th best state for working moms.  Meanwhile, Pennsylvania ranked #33 on Wallethub's list.

To find out more about the study and to see all of the rankings, go to wallethub.com.