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Angie Buhl for Senate | KDLT: SD Ranked 39th Worst State For Women

The website ranks states based on laws that are favorable to women. Things like average income and how helathy the women are also plays a role in the rankings. According to 'iVillage', South Dakota needs more women in power, both in the workplace, the state capital and in Washington.

Everyday has a different light and a different click in the world of photography.

"One day you could have a kid that sits perfectly still and takes all kinds of direction and the next day you could have a kid you're chasing around," said Sarah Storm of Sarah Storm Photography.

29-year-old Sarah Storm started her own photography business in Sioux Falls in 2009. And like all business owners, men and women, she says there's a lot more to it than just looking through a lens.

"The actual taking pictures and working with people and that part's easy. It's the other side and managing everything and working through the financial aspect of it," said Storm.

Sarah is part of the 22 percent of businesses that are run by females in South Dakota, which is one of the reasons we're the 39th worst state in the nation for women. 

And we don't exactly have a lot of women in power. Democratic Senator Angie Buhl helps make up part of the 20 percent of women that hold seats in the legislature.

"It makes me think we have a long way to go. That we've not really advanced that number since the early 90's. We've just sort of been staying level at that and when women are half the population I think that's troubling," said Democratic Senator Angie Buhl. 

South Dakota has also never had a woman governor.

"I think it needs to happen. I look forward to when that does. I mean, we've got a solid history of electing women state wide I don't know why we haven't yet put a women in the governor's office," said Democratic Senator Angie Buhl.

We may have a lot of work to do but South Dakota isn't the worst place for women to be either. The state's only seat in the House of Representatives is held by a woman, 81 percent of women have health insurance, and women earn an average of just under $31,000 a year.

"I think that more women could do it if they wanted to. I don't think that South Dakota holds back women from starting a business I feel like if they have the desire to do it or the passion to do it regardless of the gender," said Storm.

A big reason South Dakota ranks so low on the list of 50 is our laws concerning abortion. We have the longest waiting period, 72 hours, between consultation and procedure. Legislators also passed a law requiring mandatory counseling.

Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and California round out the top five states for women in the United States. Mississippi was ranked the worst.



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