"IN WASHINGTON, the ladies rule—literally. Women hold both U.S. Senate seats, the Governor’s office and one-third of the state legislature… Washington earns an A-plus ranking from NARAL Pro-Choice America for its protection of a woman’s right to choose and contraceptive access. Health insurance must cover birth control as part of its prescription drug plan and pharmacies are required to dispense the medication. Washington women are physically active, ranking third in the nation in exercise rates. With a median salary of $40,246, the women of Washington are among the nation’s top 10 wage earners."

—From “Best and Worst States for Women,” an analysis from iVillage.com, released in March 2012, which declared Washington the ninth best state in which to be female

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