At the national level, women won seats in the U.S. Congress in record numbers in 2012, giving them the strongest representation they have ever had in the U.S. House and Senate - 77 women now serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and 20 in the U.S. Senate. Women also came out in record numbers to cast their votes for the President, Senate and House races and key state initiatives.
But there is much work to do in Utah, which ranks 46th in the nation based on our proportion of female members in the state legislature - just 16.3%. No women represent Utah in the U.S. Congress or hold statewide elected office. Despite this lack of political representation, statistics show that women running for office win elections at the same rate as men, but nationwide, fewer women choose to take the initial step to run for office.
Women from across the state who are interested in running for public office, being appointed to public boards and commissions, working on campaigns, or simply learning more about our political system are welcome!
Real Women Run is Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus, 9750 South 300, Sandy, Utah.
FEES: $15 regular; $10 if a student or current member of AAUW, or League of Women Voters, or YWCA Utah
For more information please visit: Real Women Run or YWCA.