The institute grades states on six areas: employment and earnings; political participation; poverty and opportunity; reproductive rights; health and well-being; and work and family.
Indiana is in the bottom third of states, earning a D overall. Its rankings on the two updated grades – employment and earnings and poverty and opportunity – remained unchanged – D's.
The state's highest grade is a C-, which it received in political participation and its lowest is an F in work and family, where the state ranks 51st. Indiana's grade in this area is due in part to lack of legislative support for policies like paid leave, elder and dependent care, child care, and prekindergarten, a news release said.
“The Indiana Legislature has yet to make improving women's economic status a priority,” said Erin Macey, policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families. “It's not surprising that we have seen no progress on these measures.”