Research and Policy Brief
Utah Women & Leadership Project
In 2014, the Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) released four research and policy briefs on the status of women in Utah politics, education, nonprofits, and business. These 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 gave Utah poor rankings, 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. Research released through the Utah Women & Education Initiative and the Utah Women & Leadership Project has also confirmed that Utah is below the national average in these areas.
Madsen, S. R., & Pierucci, D. C. (2017, January 4). The status of women in Utah politics: A 2017 update.Research & Policy Brief. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/briefs/14-statusof-women-in-utah-politics-2017.pdf