Editor’s note: This article is part of a series examining the status of Utah women. Read the editorial explaining the project and fact checks on issues that typically drive the state’s ranking as the nation’s worst place for women.
Is this statement about Utah women from 1964? Or 2019? Take The Salt Lake Tribune’s quiz to test how well you understand the status of women in the Beehive State.
Utah is routinely labeled as the worst state for women’s equality because of its large gender wage gap and low number of women in elected office, among other issues.
Over the next few weeks, The Tribune is digging into the reputation of Utah women, the circumstances that led to it and whether that perception can change.
The facts, quotes and opinions in the quiz come from The Tribune’s reporting in 2019 from a survey of more than 400 Utah women about their personal experiences and challenges, as well as from a 1964 report created by the Governor’s Committee on the Status of Women in Utah.
Some of the statements could arguably apply to both time periods. The answers are based on whether the statement was pulled from The Tribune’s recent reporting or from the older report. For one question, both years are correct.
For clarification and fact-checking — but hopefully not cheating — purposes, you can find the stories that the the facts, quotes and opinions are pulled from here: Question 1, Question 3, Question 4, Question 7, and Question 10.
The statements in questions 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9 come from the Governor’s Committee on the Status of Women in Utah Progress Report, dated Dec. 16, 1964. The full report, which the Utah State Archives provided a copy of to The Tribune, can be found below.
The images used in the quiz were taken by Tribune staff photographers Trent Nelson, Francisco Kjolseth and Rick Egan. The illustrations were created by Christopher Cherrington.
Becky Jacobs is a Report for America corps member and writes about the status of women in Utah for The Salt Lake Tribune. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep her writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by clicking here.