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Situational Analysis - March 23, 2021
Welcome to Wednesday. Today is Equal Pay Day, or the day that white women have to work to equal what white men made in 2020. The gap is even greater for women of color and worst of all for Latina women.
Utah currently has the second-worst gender pay gap in America. A Harvard Business Review article last month highlighted the huge disparities in the area of venture funding: women-led startups received only 2.3% of venture capital funding. "Some speculate that the pandemic made investors more wary of risks and more likely to stick to their existing networks - which is very much a "boys' club" and tougher for women to break into," they write. Only about 12% of decision makers at VC firms are women, and most firms still don't have a single female partner.
If you only have time for one thing today: Read the article below about two remarkable women who celebrate their birthdays today: Matilda Joslyn Gage and Dorothy Height. They're amazing.
21 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
31 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
37 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
38 days until the Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
171 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyTweets of the day: #SheStartedIt, Utah's #1, flags at half-staff and some COVID news
By Holly Richardson
Check out some of Utah's talented young women and our remote work ranking, mourn with Colorado and check out some COVID news.
Get to know Matilda Joslyn Gage and Dorothy Height
By Holly Richardson
As Women's History Month winds down, I learned about two women who share a birthday today: Matilda Joslyn Gage and Dorothey Height. Matilda was a fiery abolitionist and suffragist who left the National Women's Suffrage Association when they merged with the more conservative American Woman Suffrage Association and bifurcated their efforts to support both Jim Crow laws and white women's suffrage. Dorothy was a Black woman who played a big role in the civil rights movement and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. Happy birthday to both of these remarkable leaders.
Guest opinion: Investing in women is good business
By Brandi Layton
Despite the global pandemic, Utah has one of the country's strongest economies: but not so much for women. According to a recent report, Utah has the second largest gender pay gap in the country, with women earning 30 percent less than men overall.
Salt Lake Tribune
- 3-year-old boy dies in Sunday off-road crash in Kane County (KSL) - The boy died after the 4x4 vehicle he was in rolled over on a trail near Kanab, authorities say.
- Colorado shooting victims: Store staffers, cop, photographer (KSL) - Those who lost their lives were identified as Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; police Officer Eric Talley, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jodi Waters, 65.
- Police serve search warrant at Kearns address where murdered woman was kidnapped (KUTV) - The homicide investigation and search for Solorio-Romero's remains are ongoing.
- Woman speaks out about UVU professor accused of voyeurism and harassment (ABC4) - 37-year-old Jarom Brown is accused of filming the victim without her permission and then electronically harassing her.
- With drought taking steady hold, officials warn Utahns to be responsible with water usage (Standard-Examiner) - The Utah Division of Water Resources said all Utahns should hold off on watering their lawns until further notice.
- Hill AFB working on program to turn civilian work training into college credit (Standard-Examiner) - They are looking to establish a criminal justice associate degree as the first, as well as nondestructive inspection, information technology and quality assurance coming soon.
- When will kids and teens be vaccinated against COVID-19? (KSL) - While there's a chance that a vaccine will be available to high school and middle school-age children by this fall, younger children may still be months away.
- Utah pharmacies run out of Johnson & Johnson vaccine amid nationwide distribution issues (KUTV) - "The distribution of the Johnson & Johnson has not been as stable as we thought it maybe would have been," said Tom Hudachko with the Utah Department of Health.
- What is the COVID-19 symptom tinnitus? (Deseret News) - "Tinnitus is ringing, buzzing, whistling or other sounds in the ears without an external source. The condition can disrupt sleep, affect a person's work and social life, and sharply increase the risk of depression or anxiety."
- Utah reports 15 more COVID-19 deaths (Salt Lake Tribune) - There were three deaths in the past day, and 12 more before March 1.
- Deaths from coronavirus on the rise worldwide after weeks of decline, warns WHO (Washington Post) - The global trend suggests that U.S. deaths, which have continued to fall for months, may soon rise again as well.
- First Covid, Then Psychosis: 'The Most Terrifying Thing I've Ever Experienced' (New York Times) - Like a small number of Covid survivors with no previous mental illness, Ivan Agerton developed psychotic symptoms weeks after his coronavirus infection.
- Senate confirms Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead Labor Department (Politico) - He will be tasked with implementing the Biden administration's agenda at the department, which includes stricter workplace safety enforcement.
- Speedy House vs. slower Senate: Dems struggle to balance on Biden agenda (Politico) - Senate Democrats welcome the House's progress but are not interested in taking cues from their counterparts on the filibuster's future.
- With Marijuana Departures, the White House Wages Its Own Culture War (New York Times) - The tradition of treating past cannabis use as a terminable offense leaves the Biden administration out of step with public opinion.
- White House aides prep $3 trillion jobs package for Biden (CNN) - The proposal, which Biden's top advisers have been deliberating over for weeks, would be segmented into two separate parts -- one focused on infrastructure and clean energy, and a second focused on what's being termed the "care economy" with a focus zeroed in on key domestic economic issues.
- Biden dispatches top officials to Mexico, Central America as border crisis grows (NBC News) - Separately, a bipartisan pair of border-state senators sent a letter urging the White House to act swiftly to address the influx of migrants.
- U.S. Joins EU In Sanctions Against China Over Treatment Of Uyghur Muslims (NPR) -The EU and U.S., along with Australia, New Zealand, and Canada released a joint statement saying, "We will continue to stand together to shine a spotlight on China's human rights violations. We stand united and call for justice for those suffering in Xinjiang."
- Trump: Ending the filibuster would be 'catastrophic' for Republican Party (The Hill) - Trump has been critical of GOP leadership since his 2020 election loss, painting McConnell as "weak" and saying the party should seek new leadership more supportive of his policies.
- A second House Democrat objects to overturning Iowa congressional election GOP won by six votes (Fox News) - "This election result was certified by the State of Iowa and Rep. Miller-Meeks was sworn in nearly three months ago," said Rep. Chris Pappas of New Hampshire. "As I said when Republicans challenged the Electoral College votes on January 6th, the election is over and it's time to move on."
- Rep. Tom Reed has apologized over sexual misconduct allegations. Here's what happened (Deseret News) - Republican New York Rep. Tom Reed has issued an apology and declared he won't be running for office in 2022 due to new allegations against him of sexual misconduct.
- Analysis: More Republicans than Democrats are quitting Congress, and their retirements are shaping the party (Deseret News) -The establishment wing is clearly moving out. You're starting to see a lot more Trump-friendly Republicans take over the Republican conference as he's remade the Republican Party to a significant degree."
- Is the future of social media partisan? Trump says he's starting his own 'platform' (Deseret News) - Trump advisor Jason Miller said it would be "the hottest ticket in social media, it's going to completely redefine the game."
Policy NewsRomney, colleagues condemn China's human rights abuses against Uyghurs
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, today joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Edward Markey (D-MA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), in introducing a resolution condemning the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) for its treatment of the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and calling for an international investigation into the abuses and crimes committed there.
Utah Dept of Human Services names Nate Checketts and David Litvack as Deputy Directors
The Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) Executive Director Tracy Gruber announced the appointment of two new Deputy Directors, Nate Checketts and David Litvack. They will both assume their new roles April 5. These appointments come during a broader period of transition for the department, with a new executive director appointed in January by Governor Spencer Cox, and passage of House Bill 365 directing the consolidation of the Department of Human Services and the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) by July of 2022.
Rep. Stewart introduces the No Mask Mandate for Kids Act
Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced the No Mask Mandate for Kids Act. This legislation rescinds President Biden's mandate that children must wear masks while traveling domestically, allowing industries, states, and families to make their own decision.
Sen. Lee, colleagues introduce Stopping Border Surges Act
Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday introduced the Stopping Border Surges Act, a bill to address loopholes in our immigration system which encourage vulnerable immigrant populations to take dangerous, illegal paths of entry into the United States.
Sen. Lee reintroduces Protecting American Jobs Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today reintroduced the Protecting American Jobs Act, a bill that would strip the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of its power to prosecute and adjudicate labor disputes.
On This Day In History
- 1826 - Matilda Joslyn Gage is born. She was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, a prolific author, an abolitionist, a freethinker, a women's rights and Native American rights activist. She was written out of history by more conservative suffragists.
- 1882 - German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and establishes germ theory.
- 1912 - Dorothy Height is born.
- 1989 - Exxon Valdez crashes, causing one of the worst oil spills in history.
- 1996 - Shannon Lucid becomes the first female US astronaut to live aboard a space station.
- 1998 - Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shoot their classmates and teachers in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing five and wounding 10.
"We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity."
Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.
Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper."
Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?"
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