January 2022 Newsletter


I have a number of Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) announcements for January:

First, we are pleased to announce the release of a new research and policy brief titled “Sexist Comments & Responses: Objectification.” Thanks to my co-researchers Robbyn Scribner and Dr. April Townsend for their fabulous work on this brief. This is the third brief in a series of five on this topic. In addition, we released the second brief in the series a few weeks ago titled “Sexist Comments & Responses: Inequity and Bias.”

Second, we are pleased to announce the release of a new white paper titled “The Complex Childcare Landscape: Public Policy Solutions for Utah.” Thanks to the research team (Erin Jemison, Marin Christensen, Trish Hatch, and Elise Johnson) for their great work on this white paper.

Third, we have six free events coming up (RSVP online) sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, USU Extension, and the Utah Education Network (UEN):

  1. Childcare Symposium: Practices, Policies, and Strategies to Move Utah Forward (Jan. 11, 1:00-3:00pm; Virtual)
  2. Salary Negotiation for Women: The Latest Research & Cutting-Edge Best Practices (Global Experts; Jan. 25, Noon-1:15pm; Virtual)
  3. Relaunching Your Career: Tools & Strategies for Women Returning to the Workforce (Feb. 10, Noon-1:15pm; Virtual)
  4. Conflict Management for Women: Skills, Strategies, and Solutions (Workshop; Mar. 1, Noon-1:30pm; Virtual)
  5. Perspectives on Women’s Leadership from Prominent Utah Women of Faith (Mar. 10, 6:00-7:15pm; Virtual)
  6. Career Exploration for Girls and Women: Law & Nonprofit (Apr. 7, 6:00-7:15pm; Virtual)

Fourth, in partnership with Utah Public Radio, we have released a new podcast titled “Women’s Equality in Utah: Why Utah Is Ranked as the Worst State, and What Can Be Done.” This episode discusses some of the highlights from the UWLP white paper on this topic. I’m joined by Sui Lang Panoke, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Zions Bank, and Nubia Pena, Senior Advisor on Equity and Opportunity and Director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Fifth, here are some of our partners’ upcoming events:

Finally, check out the following articles from the last month:

Join us on the UWLP social media platforms: LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. See the community calendar as well. Email uwlp@usu.edu to let us know you want to receive these updates to your own inbox if you received a forwarded email.

Happy New Year! 


Prof./Dr. Susan R. MadsenInaugural Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of LeadershipDirector, Utah Women & Leadership ProjectJon M. Huntsman School of BusinessUtah State University

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January 2022 Newsletter

The January 2022 Newsletter for the Utah Women & Leadership Project highlights new resources released, editorials, and announcements about women's groups and partnerships.

Sexist Comments & Responses: Objectification

In this study, the “Objectification” theme included comments in which women were viewed or treated more as objects than as human beings. Speaking up against sexism can be a powerful tool for reducing gender inequity.