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.



Neylan McBaine

Mandee Grant

Barbara Jones Brown, Historical Director

Jen Christensen, Project Manager

Kristen Edwards, Finance and Governance

Lee Rech, Development Director

Naomi Watkins, Director of Education

GOverning Board

Zandra Anderson, Finance Executive

Carolina Núñez, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Historical Consultants

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


Advisory Board

Sean Reyes, Co-Chair
Attorney General of the State of Utah

Eliana White, Co-Chair
Public Policy Analyst

Ben McAdams
Mayor, Salt Lake County

Becky Edwards
Utah State Representative

Carol Cornwall Madsen
Historian, Emmeline B. Wells Biographer

Cindie Quintana

Courtney Kendrick
Provo City Mayor’s Office

Deidre Henderson
Utah State Senator

Jackie Biskupski
Mayor, Salt Lake City

Jeanette Bennett
Owner, Bennett Communications

John Curtis
Representative, U.S. Congress

Karen Hale
Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office


Pat Jones
President, Women’s Leadership Institute

Saysha Reyes
Volunteer Organizer

Scott Anderson
President, Zions Bank

Susan Madsen
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Utah Valley University

Thomas Wright
Republican National Committee Member

Wayne Niederhauser
President, Utah State Senate

Reid L. Neilson
Assistant Church Historian and Managing Director, LDS Church History Department

Natalie Gochnour
Assistant Dean, David Eccles School of Business

Allison Pond
National Edition Editor, Deseret News

Shirlee Silversmith
Director, Division of Indian Affairs, Department of Heritage and Arts



In the News


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 FoundationZagg, 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. 

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Supporting and engaging in the Better Days 2020 campaign is a valuable step in solidifying the strength of our state today and in the future.