Professional Republican Women of Utah

Recruiting & Training Republican Women for Elected Office in Utah

Real Women Run November Event

On November 19th Real Women Run held an networking event hosted by Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon. The event was well attended and received news coverage. Cathy McKitrick from the Standard Examiner posted: Utah elected the first woman to the U.S. Senate in 1896, and also gave women the right to vote that year — other females across the country had to wait until 1920 to cast ballots.
Since then, however, women have made limited progress in the male-dominated world of politics.
According to Real Women Run, Utah hit an historic high in 2002, with 24 women in the state Legislature — or 23.1 percent of the total. But in 2015, the numbers of females serving on Utah’s capitol hill will drop from 17 to 16 — or 15.4 percent of the 104 lawmakers in the state House (10 women, 65 men) and Senate (six women, 23 men).
This January, Mia Love becomes the fourth woman in Utah’s history to represent the Beehive State in Congress. With a few races still undecided, somewhere between 103 and 105 women will serve in the 535-member 114th Congress — or roughly 19 to 20 percent.
Anne Burkholder, chief executive officer of YWCA Utah, chairs the advisory committee for the non-partisan Real Women Run initiative, now in its fourth year. Its aim is to encourage and train women to run for office.
“There are hundreds of women who have gone through these trainings in the past few years,” Burkholder told the group of about 100 gathered at the Log Haven restaurant in Millcreek Canyon. Burkholder lauded the fact that some of those women are now appearing on ballots and winning elections.
The Real Women Run initiative is a collaborative effort fueled by YWCA Utah, the University of Utah’s Hinckley School of Politics, Utah’s Chapter of the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters of Utah, Utah Valley University’s Utah Women & Leadership Project, Salt Lake Community College, Weber State University’s Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service, Zions Bank, Vision 2020 and springBoard Utah.
Real Women Run will host two more events in early 2015:
* Real Women Run Training I on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College, 9750 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City
* Real Women Run Training II on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the U of U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, 260 Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City.
While Wednesday’s networking session served to begin building excitement, Burkholder said that January’s full-day training includes a keynote speaker and several breakout sessions. The March 2015 session will be tailored to women who have decided to run for the city council and mayoral slots that come open in odd-numbered years.
“So the January training will cast a wider net,” Burkholder said, “and at the end of March, we will get very practical information to women who want to run for municipal office this year.”
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