By Jennifer Larino

Louisiana remains among the worst states in the nation for working women, with a wage gap between male and female earners that is wider than anywhere else in the country and more women living in poverty, according to a new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

The study, released Wednesday (March 28), ranks Louisiana 48th in the nation for employment and earnings among female workers and 50th for poverty and opportunity, which measures the number of women living in poverty as well as the percentage who have health insurance, a college education and own a business. The study gave Louisiana a D- grade in both categories.

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