Analia Valdemoros poses for a picture with the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. The City Council unanimously voted to chose Valdemoros out of 20 candidates vying to replace now state Sen. Derek Kitchen. | Katie McKellar
SALT LAKE CITY — Susan Madsen said she was taken aback by what her research team discovered in its third and final quantitative look at leadership in Utah’s public sector.
That’s the proportion of women who hold municipal leadership positions in the Beehive State — a significantly lower percentage than female leaders in Utah’s state and county governments, which are both around 40%.
Madsen is the founder and director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project, which released its study on municipal leadership in Utah on Tuesday. The paper is meant to inform Utahns about gender disparity in their government and hopefully work to change the status quo.
“I think Dr. Madsen realizes that, first of all, to really address a problem you have to identify it and quantify it,” said Logan Mayor Holly Daines. “So her studies, I think, have really done an excellent job at gathering data to show us exactly where we are, and then we can take a look and say, ‘OK, we need to make some progress here.’”
“I think it will improve. There’s no question about it. Because we are aware, and we’re working on it, and the numbers will get better.”
7 analyses of the data
The researchers first broke the data down by leadership level, classifying jobs into four categories: top, executive, senior and front line. Generally, researchers expect to see higher percentages of women in front-line positions and lower percentages in more senior roles. The phenomena is called the “leaky leadership pipeline.”
However, the Utah Women and Leadership Project found “almost the opposite is …read more
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