Study emphasizes need to throw support behind female leaders in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY — What do female leaders in Utah find to be the hardest part of their job?
“Trying to parent while meeting the demands in a leadership position is soul crushing at times,” said a participant in the Utah Women and Leadership Project’s latest study.
After releasing three studies highlighting the gender disparity in each level of Utah’s governing bodies, the Utah Women and Leadership Project concluded its series on the public sector by giving female leaders a chance to speak out through a survey.
The recently released fourth and final research paper is a qualitative look at women’s stories, rather than a deep dive into the numbers of women versus men in leadership roles.
“The numbers are important to create urgency and so forth, but in terms of really understanding how to change things, what to do to change things, you really need to hear from women,” said Susan Madsen, founder and director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project. “You need to actually understand their experiences and their stories.”
The report involved 435 women; most (63%) between the ages of 40 and 59; a majority were married or had a life partner (73%), had a bachelor’s or graduate …

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