For Utah, Women in Politics are Rare

Former Utah Governor Olene Walker speaks in support of the Utah Debate Commission. Walker is the only woman to serve as Utah governor.

Former Utah Governor Olene Walker speaks in support of the Utah Debate Commission. Walker is the only woman to serve as Utah governor.

(KCPW News) In terms of female elected officeholders, Utah has one of the lowest participation rates in the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Utah’s lawmaking body ranked 46th in the country in female representation, with women comprising of just 16.3%.

But after this year’s election, that percentage could drop even lower. Five of Utah’s 17 female legislators will not be running for reelection this year, including House Speaker Becky Lockhart.

Is Utah facing a chronic shortage of women in politics? What are the barriers to women thinking about running for office? For a closer look at this issue, KCPW’s Ryan Cunningham reports.

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