Utah women in politics vastly outnumbered

Fewer than 1 in 5 legislators are female

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    The blatant sexism demonstrated by this article and many of the comments that follow is appalling and very disappointing.

    Why is the percentage of legislators of one sex versus another of any significance at all??

    Give me the percentage of --good--, --capable--, --intelligent-- and, most importantly, --honest-- legislators versus any who are not. It is those characteristics that are important. Not what --gender-- the legislators happen to be.

    Please, leave your sexist mentality in the dustbin of history, where it belongs.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 10:04 p.m.

    Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    @ Global Warner

    "This is such a travesty." That is your opinion.

    Here's my experience:
    My wife holds a bachelors degree and is involved in the community. Politics turn her off and it wasn't until the First Presidency invited Church members to be more involved that I got her to even attend a neighborhood caucus meeting. Same was true for "public hearings" regardless of the issue. That was her choice, not any "male-dominated" decision.

    I have worked for a half-dozen local governments over the years and when a woman was elected mayor they immediately wrecked havoc on the management of the city. Even female city manager types seemed to do the same thing. I don't know why, either, as things were pretty stable prior to their tenure or term. Change just for the sake of change isn't always good.

    There have been some very professional and dedicated women in the field of politics and I personally salute them. However, they are in a minority, as the article suggests.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Political correctness cannot conquer biological reality.

    Women vastly out number men in the hugely important job of bearing and raising children.

    While some women choose not to have children, and others struggle to juggle two careers, others happily (and in my view, properly) choose to concentrate on the vital job of being a mother, and home maker.

    Thus many smart, educated and successful women decide that political careers are unappealing. Some would say that many women in politics lust for power and have become obsessed with overturning traditional values in many areas. But, some are good mothers and successful politicians.

    Bravo to all men and women who do well in their chosen careers. But that does not mean that we should condemn those who ignore the nagging about career choices from the leftists who are destroying our country and the values and culture that had made it the best in human history.

    Speaker Becky Lockhart has been doing a tremendous job, equal to her male predecessors (and for the same pay!). Some other female legislators have been harming our state, due to their donkey-driven views, not their gender.

    Ideas should matter more than gender in political choices.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    Feb. 17, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Well, compared to CA and most of the Blue States, we are better off. Believe me, I use to live in CA.

  • Global Warner Provo, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    This is such a travesty. For decades many of us have called for more women in Utah governments at every level. But our male-dominated culture fears any major changes, especially when it might lead to better financial decisions, greater emphasis on funding education, cleaner air quality instead of pollution and air inversions, more support for social programs like mental health and reducing homelessness, minority rights, fewer guns and domestic violence. Our families deserve less chauvinistic attitudes and more humane policies. We need more women grad students and female professors in academia. We need women business managers who are interested in effectiveness, teamwork, and long term decisions that will ensure corporate sustainability. I hope the day comes when Utah is a place of fairness for both genders, when laws are designed to benefit all of Utah, not just the rich or those of a right wing persuasion who worship at the throne of corporate enterprise. The rising quality of life in Utah would make us a much better state.