EQUALITY & DIVERSITY

Utah study shows the realities of women’s experiences in the Beehive State

Jan 4, 2024, 5:51 PM | Updated: 6:37 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A new research synopsis from the Utah Women and Leadership Project, released Thursday, sheds light on the data-driven realities of women’s experiences in the Beehive State.

Associate director for the project, Kolene Anderson, said a wide variety of research looked at the experience of Utah women in political and civic engagement, education, health and well-being, and safety and security. She said the study’s results show that Utah has many areas to improve.

“Across the board, women are being affected in very negative ways within the state, which is so unfortunate because Utah is a great place to be,” Anderson said.

She thinks there is a lack of awareness because of apathy towards women in the state.

“But I also think if it’s not something that you, yourself, are dealing with or facing in your home, it’s easy to say this isn’t something that happens here, and the research paints a very different picture,” Anderson said.

She said Utah currently ranks ninth in the nation, per capita, for rape and is the worst state in the country for women’s equality. The state is also at the bottom third for inclusion, justice, and security. But she said Utah is improving in some areas.

“One of the areas that has been positive is with bachelor’s degree completion among Utah women. Another positive is to see the government leadership, civic engagement. We do have more women in office.”

Anderson said the solution starts by recognizing the data and ensuring that women are a part of all conversations, especially in leadership roles.

“People just don’t know unless it’s your lived experience you just don’t know, so we have got to talk about it,” she said. “We need to lift and lead and support where we can, and all of us have areas where we can lift and lead and support.”

 

KSL 5 TV Live

Equality & Diversity

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Tamara Vaifanua

Woman creates custom designed signs, drawing inspiration from her heritage

A popular way some families honor their 2024 grad is displaying a huge banner with their photo and name on it. Vania Lautaha has perfected this art in a unique way – drawing inspiration from her Samoan heritage.

13 days ago

FILE - The Rev. Bill Farmer, center, speaks to members of the congregation during service at the Gr...

Peter Smith, Associated Press

United Methodists remove anti-gay language from their official teachings

The United Methodist Church overturned its 40-year ban on gay clergy Wednesday, marking a historic shift in the church’s stance on homosexuality.

18 days ago

Jani Iwamoto talks to KSL TV about the potential changes to Salt Lake City's Japantown. (Greg Ander...

Lindsay Aerts

Japantown advocates push for preservation of downtown street amid NHL stadium plans

A little-known but impactful section of Salt Lake City's downtown is soon to be at the center of a new vision for the city.

2 months ago

FILE - An attendee holds up flags during the New York City Pride Parade, June 24, 2018, in New York...

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

A Japanese court says denying same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

A Japanese high court has ruled that denying same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and called for urgent government action to address the lack of any law allowing for such unions.

2 months ago

Lauren Rives, a senior at the University of Utah, speaks at a demonstration against HB261 at the U....

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

University of Utah highlights positive impacts of equity, diversity and inclusion programs

The University of Utah has produced a new 'scorecard' highlighting the positive impacts of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives that face revamping due to new state legislation.

3 months ago

The parents of a female student athlete are speaking out, calling for school board member Natalie C...

Shelby Lofton

Parents of female student-athlete at the center of controversy call on school board member to resign

The parents of a female student-athlete are calling on board member Natalie Cline to resign after she posted insinuating their daughter was a boy, yielding hateful comments.

3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Utah study shows the realities of women’s experiences in the Beehive State