Real Women Run® at the YWCA

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Real Women Run is a collaborative nonpartisan initiative to empower women to participate fully in public life and civic leadership through elected political office at all levels, appointments to boards and commissions, participation in campaigns, and engagement in the political system.

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Founded in 2011 at YWCA Utah, Real Women Run partners include YWCA Utah, Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Vision 2020, Salt Lake Community College, AAUW, League of Women Voters of Utah, Women Lawyers (Utah Bar Association), Utah Women and Leadership Project at Utah Valley University, Olene Walker Institute of Politics at Weber State University, Utah State University, Women’s Influence Center, Westminster College, Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service at Southern Utah University, Weber State University, current, and former elected officials from major political parties, and community members. Real Women Run is a national network partner with the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.

Real Women Run® Organizing Committee

Yándary Chatwin

20-21 Committee Chair

Sheryl Allen

Vision 2020 Delegate, Former State Representative

Nina Barnes


Lisa Watts Baskin

North Salt Lake City Council

Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Former Utah State Representative

Morgan Lyon Cotti, PhD

Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah

Becky Edwards

Former Utah State Representative

Lorie Fowlke

Former Utah State Representative

Christy Glass, PhD

Utah State University

Melanie Hall


Teri Jewell

AAUW of Utah

Ann Mackin, EdD

SpringBoard Utah

Susan Madsen, PhD

Utah Women and Leadership Project, Utah State University

Leah Murray, PhD

Weber State University Walker Institute of Politics

Liz Owens


Sui Lang Panoke


Amberlie Phillips


Michelle Quist


Holly Richardson

Columnist, Former State Representative

Erin Rider

Women Lawyers of Utah

Julie Tille

Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, Westminster College

Claire Turner

AAUW of Utah

Julianne Wallace


Catherine Weller

League of Women Voters of Utah

Jan Zogmaister


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