WalletHub report again puts Utah dead last for women’s equality

Aug 23, 2023, 7:30 PM | Updated: 7:39 pm

Thousands march on the state Capitol for women's equality on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Photo credit: S...

Thousands march on the state Capitol for women's equality on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Photo credit: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is dead last in the nation for women’s equality according to a new report from WalletHub.com. 

Dr. Susan Madsen, professor at Utah State University and founder of the Utah Women and Leadership Project, joined KSL NewsRadio to break down what the WalletHub findings really mean. She also wrote an opinion piece on the report for the Deseret News


In the report, WalletHub used three indicators to score each state based on a 100-point system – workplace environment (40 points), education and health (40 points), and political empowerment (20 points). 

“It’s a little discouraging, the data,” Madsen said. “I was hoping we would turn the corner this year. The data is a couple of years old. And so, I’m hoping next year we’re gonna turn.”

Lots of work to do on women’s equality

Madsen said there was almost nowhere to go but up, but that Utah stays at the bottom of this ranking. The state has finished last for the past nine consecutive years, she said. 

“But we sure went down even further,” Madsen said. “We were last, last year, but we have less points this year.”

And there’s another issue hurting the state according to Madsen, one that’s out of Utah’s collective hands. 

“One thing that impacts our rankings is that other states are making more progress,” she said.

Two years ago, the state finished in last place, seven points behind Idaho. Last year, Utah finished 12 points behind Georgia and came in last. Madsen says this year, The Beehive State finished 22 points behind Texas. 

Fixing the gap

Madsen said she has faith in a program just launched by USU called A Bolder Way Forward.

The program suggests that Utahns with a stake in changing workplace environments, education, and health, use systems thinking. This has as its foundation the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, people from various walks of public life more often need to work with a group goal in mind.

“If we keep going the rate we’re going, even with little progress,” she said. “It’s going to take three to four decades to make notable progress.”

Madsen says research shows that when people work together as a system and with the same goals, we can shift toward a better life for women and girls.

KSL at Night can be heard most weeknights from 7 to 9 p.m.



We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

KSL at Night

Congresswoman Celest Maloy would like to see daylight saving time instituted year-round....

Michelle Lee

LISTEN: Should we observe daylight saving time year-round?

It’s now been a few days since daylight saving time started, and it seems like a lot of people are feeling tired and sleepy.

1 month ago

iowa caucuses voters...

Aimee Cobabe

Iowa caucuses kick off amid freezing temperatures

Despite the Iowa caucuses taking place amid sub-zero temperatures, Utah GOP Chair Robert Axson is still optimistic about turnout.

3 months ago

Side-by-side images of Taylor Knuth and Ben Nadolski, the two candidates now running in the Ogden C...

Carlos Artiles Fortun

Get to know the Ogden Mayoral candidates

The two people running for Ogden Mayor are Taylor Knuth and Ben Naldoski. Both of them say the city's growth is a big priority.

6 months ago

Childcare needs Utah...

Carlos Artiles Fortun

Study shows childcare demand is high in Utah

The Utah Women & Leadership Project released new research looking at the need for childcare solutions in Utah.

6 months ago

Glendale Regional Park: Salt Lake City’s first regional park in over 60 years....

Carlos Artiles Fortun

Glendale Regional Park: Salt Lake City’s first regional park in over 60 years

The Glendale Regional Park project is now underway, it will feature a massive playground, an amphitheater and a pool.

6 months ago

Image of Heidi Balderree, who won the special election to replace Sen. Jake Anderegg. (Heidi Balder...

Clayre Scott

Heidi Balderree discusses plans as Utah’s newest senator

As session Utah's 2024 legislative session approaches, Balderree said she will be focused on items like transportation and education. 

6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

WalletHub report again puts Utah dead last for women’s equality