Another accolade for Arkansas, courtesy of the Washington Post: We’re the most sexist state in the country.

The index was developed by economists at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and National University Singapore. They used data from years of data in a biennial survey measuring American beliefs, particularly eight questions, such as attitudes on these propositions:


*“Women should take care of running their home and leave running the country up to men”

* “A working mother can establish just as warm and secure a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work.”


* Likelihood of voting for a woman for president.

* Whether men are better suited emotionally for politics.


The Southeast generally ranked highest in sexism. I’d guess conservative religious teaching has some influence on that.

Prevalence of sexist attitudes is highest in Arkansas, followed by Utah, Alabama, West Virginia and Tennessee. On the flip side, New Hampshire residents demonstrate the lowest levels of sexism, followed by Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont and Connecticut.

The research says attitudes have an impact.

“Sexism in a woman’s state of birth and in her current state of residence both lower her wages and likelihood of labor force participation, and lead her to marry and bear her first child sooner,” they find. Even more striking, the prevalence of sexism in a woman’s birth state seems to affect her later earnings and outcomes even if she moves to a place with less sexism.

“Sexism where she was born, which we call background sexism, affects a woman’s outcomes even after she is an adult living in another market through the influence of norms that she internalized during her formative years,” the study finds.

Nationally, things are improving, though state-level differences seem to persist. For example, the article says, the share of Americans who say men are “better suited” for politics than women has fallen from 48 percent in 1977 to 18 percent in 2016, for instance.

Here’s the full study.