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Study: New Jersey is one of the better places to be a working mom

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If you thought New Jersey would be a tough place for working moms — you know, because of the all-consuming hours and never-ending commutes — you'd be wrong.

At least that was the opinion of a WalletHub survey released Monday, just in time for Mother’s Day.

According to the study, New Jersey was tied for 15th place overall for Best and Worst States to Work for Moms. The state scored particularly well for child care opportunities (8th) and work-life balance (14th). New Jersey, however, did not score as well for professional opportunities (32nd).

Emma Johnson, the host of a nationally syndicated talk show and producer of WealthySingleMommy.com, said employers benefit when they make sure moms thrive in the workplace.

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“The best thing employers can do is to help families thrive at work,” she told WalletHub. “This means flexible work schedules, opportunities to work at home whenever possible, generous health care, parental leave and other benefits. Find creative ways to express to your working employees that you value their roles in the office AND at home this could include paid-time-off to volunteer in your kids' school or coach soccer, for example.

This is a negligible cost to the employer, but sends an huge message to employees that they are valued and don't have to make Sophie's Choice decisions about work and home. But my focus is on empowering women to build their very best lives, and the best way for most moms to do that is to build their own companies or otherwise be self-employed. There are so many opportunities today to make that happen, it's an incredibly exciting time to be a professional mom today.”

The study took a number of items into consideration.

For child care, it was a ranking based equally on day care quality, child-care costs, access to pediatricians and quality of public schools.

For work-life balance, it was parental leave policy combined with rankings for length of workday and length of commute.

For professional opportunities, it was an equal measure of gender pay gap and ratio of male-to-female executives.

Click here to read the complete report.

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