Utah communities elect their first female mayors
At least four cities and towns in Utah appear to have elected their first women mayors: North Logan, West Valley City, Park City and Parowan.North Logan’s apparent Mayor-elect Lyndsay Peterson says the wins across the state represent “an embracing of the future.” However, there is still massive amounts of sexism in the state when it comes to female government officials, according to Park City Mayor-elect Nann Worels. She says she experienced extreme sexism while campaigning. People would tell her they refused to vote for a woman, and she said it was “shocking to hear.”
Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project Susan Madsen says there is a trend of more women running for office, which is why we are seeing more women win. She expects this year’s wins to be a snowball effect, leading to even more women in office in the future.