Women in elected office

With Hillary Clinton running for the White House, renewed discussion about the number of women in politics continues as the election season unfolds. In Utah, initiatives such as the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ “Real Women Run” have highlighted the need to get more women involved in local government. The topic is also currently being researched by Sharon Mastracci, an associate professor in the U’s Department of Political Science and a fellow in the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Mastracci is working to replicate a 30-year-old survey of political and administrative leadership in Utah to test the theory of representative bureaucracy. She will gauge changes in the numbers of women in elected office and administration to determine whether policy outcomes can be explained by women’s representation in policymaking and leadership positions in the state over time. Other areas of her scholarship have addressed multiple facets of public service. Her research on emotional labor with Mary Ellen Guy and Meredith Newman has resulted in numerous publications, including their 2008 book “Emotional Labor: Putting the Service in Public Service. They currently study the effect of culture on the experience of emotional labor in public service work. Sharon Mastracci, 801-581-7031, sharon.mastracci@poli-sci.utah.edu