Maryland ranks 1st in nation for women, air pollution deaths

Maryland Flag Maryland ranks 1st in nation for women, air pollution deathsUPDATE: Gov. Martin O’Malley has issued a statement on the Center for American Progress report. See bottom of article.

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The state of Maryland has ranked first in the nation for two different things – one good, one not-so-good.

First, Maryland ranks the best out of all 50 states for women, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress.

The project measured states in terms of economics, leadership and health. Eleven percent of women here in the state of Maryland are in poverty, compared to the Louisiana, the worst state on the list, where 22 percent of women are in poverty.

The institute also ranked Maryland first in the nation in terms of women reaching leadership positions in the public and private sector.

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In the second study, Maryland also placed first in the nation – for air pollution deaths.

An MIT report released in August found that Marylanders die as a result of air pollution at a higher rate than residents of any other state.

The study found that Maryland residents die at a rate of 113 per 100,000 people, the highest such rate in the U.S.

Baltimore’s air pollution was especially deadly, killing at a rate of 130 per 100,000 people. The city’s air pollution was deadlier than that in Los Angeles, New York and D.C.

UPDATE: Gov. O’Malley released the following statement on The Center for American Progress’ report:

“In Maryland, we understand that our diversity is our greatest strength and the accomplishments of women are an integral part of our progress as a people.

“Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and I were thrilled to learn that the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report naming Maryland as the best place in the nation for women. CAP said that ‘on matters of economics, leadership, and health, women, on average, fare the best in Maryland.’

“We’re continuing to focus every day on strengthening Maryland’s middle class by investing in education, innovation, and infrastructure. Working together, we have made great strides in making Maryland a great place for women to live, lead, and learn — we know we can continue to achieve even better results by continuing to make better choices.”

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