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. We believe that by popularizing history in creative and communal ways, we open doors to conversations about the future of Utah women.

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, Development and Education

Mandee Grant, COO

Neylan McBaine, CEO

Lee Rech, Development Director

Naomi Watkins, Director of Education

Historical Consultants

Andrea Radke-Moss, Professor of Women's History/American History at BYU-Idaho

Jenny Reeder, Women’s Historian at the LDS Church History Library

Brittany Chapman Nash, Women’s Historian at the LDS Church History Library

Jill Remington Love, Executive Director, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts


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

Jeannette Bennett
Owner, Bennett Communications

Karen Hale
Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office


Pat Jones
President, Women’s Leadership Institute

Saysha Reyes
Volunteer Organizer, Wife of Attorney General

Scott Anderson
President, Zions Bank

Susan Madsen
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, UVU

Thomas Wright
Republican National Committee Member

Wayne Niederhauser
President, Utah State Senate

Reid L. Neilson
Managing Director, LDS Church History Department

Natalie Gochnour
Assistant Dean, David Eccles School of Business

Allison Pond
National Edition Editor, Deseret News



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.