ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new study by an organization built on giving girls confidences has some mothers puzzled.
According to new research conducted by the Girl Scouts of America, New Mexico ranks amongst the lowest in the states for girls well-being.
The data includes several key factors including health, safety and educational achievements.
Southern states ranked poorly when it came to entrenched poverty, economic mobility and health care.
The report further notes that black and Latino girls face “significant challenges in making successful transitions to adulthood,” Such as higher obesity rates and lower proficiency rate in school.
Jessica Herrera said, “I’m not surprised, honestly. I know New Mexico is one of the worst states for pretty much anything.”
Some mothers disagree with the study.
“I don’t think that’s true at all,” said Marilin Reese. “I think there’s temptations in every state in every country, you just have to keep an eye on them.”
Deanise Quinones said, “I thought we’d be better than that. To me, it doesn’t seem as bad. I was born and raised here, I didn’t think it’d be that bad.”
According to the research, states in the northeast, mid-Atlantic and midwest faired well while New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona and Nevada were named the worst.