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Utah Women & Leadership Project

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The Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) began reporting on the status of women in Utah politics in 2014, with updates in 2017 and now 2021. The first series of reports in 2014 were initially prompted by the Center for American Progress report titled “The State of Women in America: A 50-State Analysis of How Women Are Faring Across the Nation” that ranked Utah last in terms of women being in positions of decision making and leadership. Soon after, a series of other national reports also ranked Utah poorly, and most used the following four criteria: 1) gender wage gap, 2) educational attainment, 3) women in management roles, and 4) women serving in state legislatures. UWLP research released through the years also confirmed that Utah is below the national average in all these areas. Although Utah women have continually gained elected seats since 2014, Utah still ranks last in Wallethub’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality (the four aforementioned indicators plus 13 more indicators) and Represent Women’s Gender Parity Index, 3 which measures women’s political representation in all 50 states.

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