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Education and Training

Resources for Women In Utah

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Campaign Trainings for Women

Real Women Run

Real Women Run – Find Your Voice is a collaborative nonpartisan effort that began in 2011 to empower Utah women to participate fully in public life and leadership through elected political office at all levels, appointments to public boards and commissions, working on campaigns, or simply learning more about opportunities to change Utah's political life. The coalition includes the YWCA Salt Lake City, The Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Vision 2020, AAUW, League of Women Voters of Utah, current and former elected female officials and representatives from political parties in Utah, and other organizations that support women. Real Women Run was one of five national projects highlighted at the National Vision 2020 Congress in November in Portland, Oregon.

For more information:
Robin Pratt
(801) 537-8606

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Campaign Trainings (women and men)

Campaign Trainings
Sponsored by the Utah Democratic Party
The Utah Democratic Party holds campaign trainings providing campaign guidance and materials for all those running for office on the Utah Democratic ticket.

For more information:
Utah Democratic Party
825 N 300 W, Suite C400
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(801) 328-1212

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Leadership Training Programs (women and men)

Leadership Utah
Leadership Utah is a year-long program designed by the Salt Lake Chamber to provide opportunities for business leaders to learn more about challenges facing the community. It is ideal for those who are interested in becoming involved, who want to gain the tools to make more informed decisions, and who want to improve their leadership abilities. Up to fifty applicants are selected each year to participate in ten monthly, day-long sessions that emphasize knowledge of policy, politics, and government; participation in community and local affairs; and networking with one another and the community's current business and civic leadership. Candidates must currently hold middle- or upper-level management positions within their organizations.

For more information:
Jackie Sexton
Salt Lake Chamber
175 East 400, Suite 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 328-5053

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Organizations Committed to Political Parity

Utah Federation of Republican Women
Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elects Republican candidates; informs the public through political education and activity; and increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. In working toward these objectives, the NFRW concentrates its efforts in the areas of educating, communicating, recruiting, campaigning, fundraising, training and legislative action.

For more information:
Val Ziegler, President
Utah Federation of Republican Women
2642 E. Partridge Way
Sandy, UT 84093

Utah NOW
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website and through state chapters.

For more information:
Utah NOW
P.O. Box 57816
Murray, UT 84157
(801) 268-0363

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Gender Parity Legislation

Utah Gender Balance Legislation
The Utah Code (67-1-11) establishes that gender may be a consideration in the appointment of members to any board, committee, bureau, commission, council, or other entity.