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December 12, 1986

The Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund has ranked the states and the District of Columbia according to how their courts and legislatures have responded to women's issues. No. 1 is best and No. 51 is worst:

1. Washington

2. Massachusetts

3. New York

4. Wisconsin

5. Connecticut and Michigan

7. Alaska, Maryland and New Jersey

10. Hawaii and Minnesota

12. Iowa and Oregon

14. California and North Carolina

16. Illinois

17. Idaho and Montana

19. Colorado and West Virginia

21. Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont

28. District of Columbia

29. Florida, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah

36. Kentucky, North Dakota and Tennessee

39. Wyoming

40. Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia

43. Delaware

44. Arizona

45. Arkansas and Kansas

47. Georgia

48. Mississippi and Nevada

50. Alabama

51. South Carolina

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