Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson promotes women’s equality

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson. Photo: Deidre Henderson/Facebook

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 8, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson is calling on Utahns to join her in “choosing to challenge” for women’s equality.

“We need more women leaders in government, business, and our communities,” Henderson said in a prepared statement. “But we don’t need them simply as experts on women’s issues. We need them because their voices are necessary to improve our state, our country, and our world.”

The lieutenant governor’s challenge underscores the Equality and Opportunity priorities of the Cox/Henderson administration’s One Utah Roadmap, the statement said.

The One Utah Roadmap includes:

  • An internal audit, led by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, considering pay equity in state agencies;

  • A separate audit, led by the Department of Human Resource Management, establishing baselines of diverse leadership and workforce status in state agencies;

  • A continuing effort to appoint women to positions of leadership (including the women leading the Department of Commerce, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Government Operations, the Department of Heritage & Arts, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Workforce Services, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission);

  • A commitment to recruit and appoint a diverse group of Utahns, including women and people of color, to state boards and commissions;

  • A commitment to investing in skills and training programs to increase women and diverse communities in STEM industries; and

  • Support for funding a new women’s state historian to prioritize the telling, collecting and discovering of women’s stories, especially how they have influenced our state.

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