Examine the past. Enrich the present.
Change the future.
Better Days 2020 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history in creative and communal ways. We believe that by exploring the legacy of our past, we make Utah a better place for women in the future.
The year 2020 is the perfect time to commemorate our history because it marks the 150th anniversary of Utah being the first place where women voted in the modern nation. It also marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted all U.S. women the right to vote.
Barbara Jones Brown, Historical Director
Jen Christensen, Project Manager
Kristen Edwards, Finance and Governance
Lee Rech, Development Director
Naomi Watkins, Director of Education
Karen Smith, Speakers' Bureau Manager
Zandra Anderson, Finance Executive
Carolina Núñez, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
Spencer Hall, Marketing and Communications Manager, Rocky Mountain Power
Barbara Jones Brown,
Jill Remington Love, Executive Director, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
Colleen McDannell, Professor of History and Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies,
University of Utah
Brittany Chapman Nash, Women’s Historian at the LDS Church History Library
Jeffery Nokes, Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University
Andrea Radke-Moss, Professor of Women's History/American History at BYU-Idaho
Jenny Reeder, Women’s Historian at the LDS Church History Library
Sean Reyes, Co-Chair
Attorney General of the State of Utah
Carine Clark, Co-Chair
Eliana White, Co-Chair
Public Policy Analyst
Mayor, Salt Lake County
Utah State Representative
Carol Cornwall Madsen
Historian, Emmeline B. Wells Biographer
Provo City Mayor’s Office
Utah State Senator
Mayor, Salt Lake City
Owner, Bennett Communications
Executive Director, Silicon Slopes
Representative, U.S. Congress
Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office
President, Women’s Leadership Institute
President, Zions Bank
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Utah Valley University
President, Utah State Senate
Reid L. Neilson
Assistant Church Historian and Managing Director, LDS Church History Department
Assistant Dean, David Eccles School of Business
National Edition Editor, Deseret News
Director, Division of Indian Affairs, Department of Heritage and Arts
In the News
Utah Votes to Send Martha Hughes Cannon Statue to U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall in 2020
February 14, 2018
As the nation’s first female state senator, a physician and one of Utah’s leading suffragists, Dr. Martha “Mattie” Hughes Cannon to become one of only 10 statues of women showcased in U.S. Capitol.
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With 2020 marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and celebrating the Utah Territory women’s first vote in the modern nation on February 14, 1870, the Utah House of Representatives voted today (67-3), in step with the Utah Senate, to support sending a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon to the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. The statue resolution, promoted by Utah nonprofit Better Days 2020, will be funded through private donations and in-kind support. The Martha Hughes Cannon statue is estimated to arrive in Washington, D.C., in early 2020 to champion Utah and the West’s role in the suffrage movement and commemorate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Nu Skin Force For Good Foundation, Zagg, And Dominion Energy Among First Corporate Sponsors Of Better Days 2020.
January 8, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Better Days 2020 today announced corporate sponsorship from Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation, Zagg, and Dominion Energy. Better Days 2020 is a state-wide, multi-channel campaign that will coincide with the 150th anniversary of Utah women being first to vote in the modern nation and the 100th national anniversary of the right of women to vote. In less than six months, Better Days 2020 has achieved significant development, support, and sponsorship from the Utah legislature, Utah women’s and academic organizations, private foundations, and individual philanthropists.