Friday, March 3, 2017

Gender Equality Isn’t Political—See Utah For Proof - FASTCOMPANY

Originally published:  March 2, 2017

Utah broke for Trump 45% to Clinton’s 27%, but the state’s strides in gender equality may point the way for other conservative locales.

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Hillary Clinton lost Utah to Donald Trump by double digits, pulling in 27% of the popular vote to his 45%, fewer than six percentage points ahead of independent candidate Evan McMullen. On balance, the Beehive State is not a politically liberal place.

Yet in 2014, before the outlines of the presidential race had begun coming into focus, the state’s business leaders recognized a serious problem. Utah ranked 49th out of 50 states for gender pay disparities. Only 15.4% of state legislators were women, and there was just one woman in Utah’s Congressional delegation.