This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Utah women have always made history, but the stories we tell don’t always reflect their contributions. That’s where Better Days comes in – a nonprofit dedicated to elevating Utah women’s voices in history through educational materials, events, and public art. Executive Director Katherine Kitterman shares more.
Our state has a long legacy of women’s political involvement. Did you know Utah women were at the forefront of the national suffrage movement to extend voting rights to women nationwide?
Or that Utah women were the first in the U.S. to vote under equal suffrage laws – all the way back in 1870? There’s a monument to that first vote cast by Seraph Young at Council Hall, across the street from the State Capitol.
These lessons are crucial to our state’s history and many times forgotten about.
At Better Days 2020, we believe that by exploring the legacy of our past, we can make Utah a better place for women in the future.
We encourage you to visit our website – utahwomenshistory.org – to learn more about exceptional women from Utah’s history. It has biographies, illustrations, activities, videos, and even lesson plans for teachers about women who have shaped Utah from suffrage to the civil rights movement.
So, this year, take a moment to honor Utah women’s history. Share stories about Utah women that help “Examine the past, enrich the present, and change the future.” I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.