Only 26% of Utah state legislators are women. But a nonpartisan initiative now housed at the U is working to improve that number. Utah Women Run joined the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics last November.
“Having women at the table is a proven way to improve political discourse and policy outcomes,” says Morgan Lyon Cotti BA’01, associate director of the Hinckley Institute. “But in Utah we have some of the lowest numbers of elected women in the country.”
Utah Women Run provides resources, networking events, and mentorship to support women who want to become more politically active. Begun in 2011, the program has trained over 1,000 women on how to wage successful campaigns.
“The Hinckley Institute is a destination for civic engagement and political expertise, and our resources are open to all,” says Lyon Cotti. “Hosting Utah Women Run is right in line with our mission of encouraging everyone to engage in the political process.”