The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: Women In Utah Politics

Real Women RunThe Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: August 20, 2014) – On September 19, 2013, a panel of four female Utah lawmakers gathered to discuss their motivations for entering political office, the various challenges they have faced while engaging in political office.

Utah ranks among the lowest in the U.S. for women in leadership and politics.  Nationally, women represent over 18 percent of the U.S. Congress, and 20 percent of the U.S. Senate.  Utah has not elected a woman to Congress since 1995, and no women currently serve in any of Utah’s executive offices.  In the state legislature, women make up only 17 percent of the State’s senate, and 16 percent of the State’s house.

The panelists include Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson, Democrat Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Republican Rep. Ronda Menlove, and Democrat Sen. Luz Robles.  The moderator is Anne Burkholder, Executive Director of Salt Lake YWCA.

In recent years, Real Women Run was created to empower Utah women to participate fully in public life and leadership through elected political office at all levels, and to simply learning more about our system.