Situational Analysis – March 1, 2021

Hello and welcome to March! It’s the beginning of Women’s History Month in the US. The theme for Women’s History Month in 2021 captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since many of the women’s suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women’s History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” To learn more about the history of remarkable Utah women, be sure to check out Better Days 2020 and their companion site, Utah Women’s History.

It is also the last week of the 2021 legislative session, which adjourns sine die no later than midnight on Friday. Oh, and the US House passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan at about 3:30 am on Saturday. The legislation will now move to the Senate. 

If you only have time for one thing today: This op-ed on “The true message of Black History Month: Hope never dies” by Theresa Dear is inspiring. Ms. Dear is a strategist at The Human Capital Strategy Group and a national board member of the NAACP and has this to say: “While the story of Black people in America is replete with egregious treatment, prejudice and discrimination, it’s also rich with stories of Black innovators, leaders, scholars, allies and mentors who prevailed against injunctions, indignities and injustice. They overcame barriers, elusive opportunities, contrived defeats, overt opposition, saboteurs and obstructionists. Their capacity to persevere reminds us that hope never dies.” We can all benefit from her inspiring message as we work to eliminate the chains of racism in this country. 


4 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
44 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
60 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)