Real Women Run is a collaborative nonpartisan initiative to empower women to participate fully in public life and civic leadership through elected political office at all levels, appointments to boards and commissions, participation in campaigns, and engagement in the political system.

Founded in 2011 at YWCA Utah, Real Women Run partners include YWCA Utah, Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Vision 2020, Salt Lake Community College, AAUW, League of Women Voters of Utah, Women Lawyers (Utah Bar Association), Utah Women and Leadership Project at Utah Valley University, Olene Walker Institute of Politics at Weber State University, Utah State University, Women’s Influence Center, Westminster College, Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service at Southern Utah University, Weber State University, current and former elected officials from major political parties, and community members. Real Women Run is a national network partner with the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.

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Organizing Committee

Christy Glass, PhD, Real Women Run Organizing Committee Chair
USU Sociology Department

Sheryl Allen
Vision 2020 Delegate
Former elected official

Nina Barnes
Member At Large
Vice Chair of The Utah Board of Regents

Anne Burkholder

Yándary Chatwin
Member At Large
Salt Lake City School District

Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Utah State Representative

Kate Conyers
Women Lawyers of Utah

Morgan Lyon Cotti, PhD
Hinckley Institute of Politics University of Utah

Becky Edwards
Utah State Representative

Lorie Fowlke
District Director for John Curtis

Laura Gabel
Member At Large

Melanie Hall
Member At Large
Davis Technical College

Annalisa Holcombe
Westminster College

Erin Jemison

Teri Jewell
AAUW of Utah

Ann Mackin, EdD
SpringBoard Utah

Susan Madsen, PhD
Utah Women and Leadership Project, Utah Valley University

Maryann Martindale
Member At Large
Political Strategist

Sui Lang Panoke
Rethink International and Women Politics Media

Holly Richardson
Member At Large

Marilyn Shearer
AAUW of Utah

Shari Sowards
Professor, SLCC

Claire Turner
AAUW of Utah

Julianne Wallace

Catherine Weller
League of Women Voters of Utah



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