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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 Policy

Tweets 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.
images/mugs-300/Matilda_Gage.pngGet 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. 
images/mugs-300/Brandi_Layton.pngGuest 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.  

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney, 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.
images/Resized_Logos/DHS.pngUtah 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngRep. 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. 
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. 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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 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. 

Wise Words

"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."

~Dorothy Height

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

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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