A pamphlet aimed at easing the minds of women who may be apprehensive about moving to Utah will soon be sent nationwide, state officials say.
The four-page brochure, "Utah, A Woman's Perspective," will contain testimonials about the state from professional and civic-minded female residents and a list of facts aimed at destroying myths out-of-staters may believe."The woman is a significant part of a family's decision to move," said Carol Clark, communications and research director for the state's Community and Economic Development Department. "When urban and rural recruiters are marketing the state they can say `Here's some good literature on what it's like to be a woman in Utah.' "
Although she has no statistics to show it, Clark believes many women have misconceptions about the state. Some families may refuse offers to move to Utah as a result.
"There's no question we can do a better job of reaching out to wom-en," she said. "We're trying to give a message outside the state that there's no such thing as the stereotype of a Utah woman."
About 5,000 brochures will be printed in coming weeks at a cost of about $2,500. They will be sent to realtors, corporate recruiters and women's organizations in other states, Clark said.
In addition to brochures, the state soon will be starting a computer network to link female newcomers with women who have similar interests and backgrounds.
The network and brochure were devised by a governor's task force on women, known as GROW. The brochures will contain a questionnaire women can mail in to become part of the network.
Among other things, the pamphlet will contain statistics showing Utah women are more likely to be active in the work force and are generally better educated than women in other states.
Women own 800 of the 6,100 businesses listed in the state's directory of business and industry, and those businesses range from abrasives to woodworking, according to a draft of the brochure.
The pamphlet may also include historical information, noting that Utah women received the right to vote in 1870, only two months after Wyoming became the first state to do so. It may also note the nation's first female state senator was elected in Utah in 1896.
Information about the state's low crime rate, natural beauty and amenities also will be included.
Clark said GROW hopes to attract several local women to register with the computer network. Women from all professions, including homemakers, are needed, she said.
She said GROW could do more to attract women if it had its own budget and staff. Only one state employee is assigned to work part time with the group.