Jenney Rees: Women in politics

We’ve seen the headlines and read the studies. Utah ranks 49th in the nation for women in politics. Utah ranks last in terms of women being in positions of decision-making and leadership. Women represent more than 50% of the voters in Utah but are underrepresented in political office. There are no women serving in Utah statewide executive offices. Last year I attended a networking social of a group that has been formed to encourage women to run for office and be involved in politics. One of the questions that came…

Note Worthy but Not News: Day 1 of the Utah Legislature

Among other events happening yesterday, it was the first day of the 2015 Utah Legislative Session. Here’s a few Capitol Hill happenings that you might have missed if you were only listening for talk of taxes, healthcare, and education funding: State Senate President Wayne Niederhauser sang the girls state fight song from the dais. True story. Two years after appointment to the Utah Senate, Senator Jim Dabakis is in the Minority leadership. On the Majority side of the aisle, Ralph Okerland is Majority Leader, despite two heart attacks in two years.…

Women in Utah politics

I see a stat often quoted that women win “as often” as men when running for political office. I’ve done some digging and there are also plenty of studies largely looking at federal races, where women are “better qualified” then their male counterparts but they win less often. There is no question that Utah is at a low-point for female representation on Utah’s Capitol Hill. In January 2014, we ranked 49 out of 50 and after November’s election, we lost even more women. In fact, we’re at the lowest point…

“On Point,” Feb 6, 2014

On Point presented by Sutherland Institute focuses on the political and policy issues facing Utah, hosted by an all-female panel of Utah’s political insiders. Today’s show features Holly Richardson of the “Holly on the Hill” blog, Michelle Mumford, assistant dean at the BYU Law School, and Brooke Adams, reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune. The panel discussed prison relocation, women in prison, recidivism, unforced errors in the Amendment 3 case, women in politics and education funding.