Women currently make up only 15.4% of the Utah legislature. As of 2015, there are no women of color in statewide elective executive office in Utah, and only one woman of color from the state in the U.S. Congress. Moreover, out of 228 Utah companies that reported having a CEO within the state, only 4.8% had female CEOs. In the area of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), approximately 23.5% of those working in these fields in Utah are women. Utah currently ranks last of all 50 states in terms of women holding positions in elected office and private sector management positions.1
The UWC envisions a state where women are equally represented in elected offices and private sector managerial positions. We encourage business leaders to recruit, promote, and retain more qualified women into managerial positions, and urge companies to provide leadership development training and opportunities to current female employees. The UWC supports efforts that encourage women and girls to take on leadership roles, become active in their schools and communities, and run for elected office.