SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Gender equality is still a major concern in the state of Utah, but one local group is hoping to help change that during this year’s legislative session.
Utah Women Unite Executive Director Joanna Smith stops by Inside Utah Politics to speak about the group’s mission and their long-term goals.
“Utah Women Unite is a local non-profit Utah group. We’re 501C3 and 501C4 dedicated to elevating the status of Utah women, girls and non-binary genders. We help them by elevating both their social status as well as their political status,” Smith said.
One goal of the organization is to get more women involved with the political process.
“Women in Utah vote at higher rates than other states. They register to vote and then they show up to vote more than their male counterparts in Utah and that’s really exciting to be able to recognize our political power,” said Smith.
Smith says they also have some big priorities as they look towards this year’s legislative session.
“It’s an uphill battle and we recognize that, but it’s about showing up. One of the things we’re going to try to do is get the Equal Rights Amendment put on Utah’s ballot again this year and become the 36th state to pass that. Smith said. “We’re also going to work for equal pay and we’re going to make sure that every bill passed and everything that comes through the legislative session addresses equality in some way. We want legislators to know we’re watching them and that it’s not going away. We are voters and we will be engaging with them.”
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