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Utah Women's Well-Being Initiative


YWCA Utah began the nonpartisan Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative in May 2013 to respond more effectively to persistent challenges Utah women face. The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen the well-being of Utah women across important dimensions of their lives through research, education, collaboration, and public policy – so that women flourish, their families and communities thrive, and Utah prospers. The YWCA’s first contribution, in collaboration with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and a Utah Advisory Committee, is the research briefing Women’s Well-Being in Utah: An Overview, completed in March 2014. Read the full briefing.


Utah Women's Well-Being Initiatve


Public Policy

The YWCA’s director of public policy is currently the only full-time policy person in the state devoted to women’s issues. We're working hard to address inequities and reduce barriers for Utah women and girls in our priority policy areas of: economic empowerment for women and girls, racial justice and civil rights for women and girls of color, and health and safety for women and girls. Learn more about our women's policy progress.

Was this "The Year of the Woman" at the Utah Legislature? Read our answer to that question in the March 16, 2018 Deseret News.


         Status of Women in the States (2015)


         Well-Being of Women in Utah: An Overview (May 2014)

         The Status of Women in Utah: Economic Choices & Challenges (January 2017)

         Maternal Mental Health in Utah: Overview & Recommendations (November 2017)

         Utah Women in Higher Education: A Progress Report (March 2018 Research Brief)

         Utah Women in Higher Education, 2000-2017 (February 2018 Full Report)