On International Women's Day, Republican Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson signed a declaration naming March 8th as "Women's Day" in Utah.
It's part of an overall push for women's rights and equality in the Beehive State. Henderson signed the declaration live during the Women’s Business Center of Utah’s webinar, which celebrates women everywhere.
Leaders speaking at the virtual event, including the Lt. Governor, say it's necessary for women to hold key positions on the government, business, and community levels.
She says they’re playing a big part already. Henderson shared women own over 89,000 businesses and employ 80,000 Utahns. Also, that they contribute over $15 billion dollars to the economy each year.
Women in Utah have a long track record of doing, not just talking. And there's plenty more to do."
Together Governor Spencer Cox and Henderson acknowledge the need for improvements in a number of areas, including women's college graduation rates, and the high domestic violence cases targeting women.
Other hosts of the celebration of women event include World Trade Center Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber.