Research and Policy Brief
Utah Women & Leadership Project
For many years, Utah has been at the bottom of the rankings for women running for and serving in elected office. Although significant strides have been made in increasing the number of women serving in these roles in recent years, there is still work to be done. For example, Utah is currently ranked 32nd in the country for female representation in state and federal office, Utah has never elected a female governor or a US Senator, and only two women have served in statewide executive offices. In addition, research in recent years has documented lower percentages of women in county and municipal elected positions compared to nationwide averages. Yet, American democracy is grounded in the idea of representation, and research has found that residents and communities benefit when more equal numbers of men and women work together in decision making and problem solving.
Pierucci, C. B., Townsend, A., & Madsen, S. R. (2021, January 6). Perceptions of women elected officials in Utah: Challenges, benefits, and lessons learned. Utah Research & Policy Brief. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/briefs/28-perceptions-of-women-elected-officials-in-utah.pdf