Chief Sponsor: Karen Kwan

Senate Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers

7     Cosponsors:
8     Joel K. Briscoe
9     Kim F. Coleman
10     Jennifer Dailey-Provost
11     Timothy D. Hawkes
Eric K. Hutchings
Marsha Judkins
Brian S. King
Val K. Potter
Andrew Stoddard
Mark A. Wheatley
Brad R. Wilson
Mike Winder


14     General Description:
15          This resolution relates to women's equal political rights.
16     Highlighted Provisions:
17          This resolution:
18          ▸     reaffirms women's equal political, civil, and religious rights contained in the Utah
19     Constitution; and
20          ▸     recommends the inclusion of similar language in the United States Constitution.
21     Special Clauses:
22          None

24     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25          WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution, adopted in 1895, states:
26     "The rights of citizens of the State of Utah to vote and hold office shall not be denied or
27     abridged on account of sex. Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all

28     civil, political and religious rights and privileges.";
29          WHEREAS, when Utah joined the nation in 1896 as the third state to include women's
30     voting rights in its constitution, Anna Howard Shaw, one of the nation's greatest suffrage
31     leaders, expressed no surprise that the men of Utah had chosen to lead in this way. She said,
32     "Utah is . . . dear to the heart of every woman who loves liberty in these United States.";
33          WHEREAS, suffragist Alice Paul, in drafting the language of the Equal Rights
34     Amendment, was advised by Utah Senator George Sutherland, who drew upon Article IV,
35     Section 1 of the Utah Constitution;
36          WHEREAS, Utah should tout our history of being a leader in equal political rights;
37          WHEREAS, on February 14, 1870, Seraph Young, the grandniece of Brigham Young,
38     was the first woman to legally cast a vote in any election in the United States;
39          WHEREAS, in Utah in 1896, Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon became the first woman in
40     the United States ever to be elected as a state senator, and a statute of her will join that of
41     Brigham Young in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., recognizing Martha
42     Hughes Cannon as a pioneer for women's equality in government;
43          WHEREAS, Utah should tout other important firsts, including:
44          • Christine M. Burckle, who in 2016 began serving as Utah's first female Brigadier
45     General of the Utah National Guard; and
46          • Rosie Rivera, who in 2017 became the first female sheriff in Utah and the second
47     Latina sheriff in the United States;
48          WHEREAS, Utah must reaffirm this historical example of women leadership and
49     highlight the advances of Utah women today, including:
50          • women presidents of five of the nine institutions of higher education in the state;
51          • a woman currently serving as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the latest
52     of many women who have served in that role;
53          • 24% of current Utah legislators who are women, seven of whom (three House and
54     four Senate, four of whom are women of color) hold legislative leadership positions;
55          • a current majority of women judges on the Utah Court of Appeals; and

56          • many women mayors, city and county council and commission members, and school
57     board members throughout the state;
58          WHEREAS, Utah has had women lead in all three branches of government, including:
59          • Rebecca D. Lockhart, who served as speaker of the House of Representatives from
60     2010 to 2014;
61          • Christine M. Durham, who was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court in 1982 and
62     served with distinction for 35 years, including ten years as chief justice; and
63          • Olene S. Walker, who served as lieutenant governor in Utah (1993-2003) and then as
64     governor (2003-05);
65          WHEREAS, there is reason to celebrate the historic and ongoing accomplishments of
66     women and their role in numerous positions of importance in the state and to affirm the
67     autonomy and independence of women to pursue opportunities to serve as elected, appointed,
68     and hired leaders in the state, and to recognize our historical roots of women's equal political
69     rights; and
70          WHEREAS, Utah's state constitution is a shining example to the nation that women
71     everywhere shall have equal political rights and enjoy equally all civil, political, and religious
72     rights and privileges:
73          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
74     reaffirms the equal political, civil, and religious rights and privileges granted by the Utah
75     Constitution for both men and women.
76          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature reaffirms Utah as a state that has a
77     long and rich history and tradition of protecting and advancing women's rights and interests.
78          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature recommends that the language and
79     intent of the Utah Constitution provision guaranteeing equal political rights be considered for
80     inclusion in the United States Constitution and in the formation of policy and regulations.
81          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to each member of
82     the Utah Congressional delegation, the president pro tempore of the United States Senate, and

83     the speaker of the United States House of Representatives.