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, CEO

Katherine Kitterman, Historical Director

Naomi Watkins, Director of Education

Karen Smith, Speakers' Bureau Manager

Rebekah Clark, Historical Research Associate

Mandee Grant, COO

Jen Christensen, Project Manager

Kristen Edwards, Finance and Governance

Lee Rech, Director of Mission Making

GOverning Board

Zandra Anderson, Finance Executive

Karen Hale, Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor of Community & External Affairs

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

Jenny Wecker, Founder, Fawn Design

Delaina Tonks, Director of Mountain Heights Academy

Ron Fox, Historian and Public Affairs Professional

Historical Consultants

Barbara Jones Brown, Executive Director, Mormon History Association

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

Darren Parry, Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation

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

Carine Clark, Co-Chair
CEO, Banyan

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

Clint Betts
Executive Director, Silicon Slopes

John Curtis
Representative, U.S. Congress


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

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

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

Erin Goff
Executive Producer, KSL 5 TV

Ann Ann M. Berghout Austin
Director of the Center for Women and Gender, Utah State University



In the News


Better Days 2020 Partners with KUED on “Book Club in a Box”

December 3, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY - December 3, 2018 - Better Days 2020, a non-profit organization dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history through education, legislation, and the arts, and KUED, Utah’s PBS station, focused on bringing compelling and relevant stories to broad and diverse audiences, have collaborated on KUED’s latest Book Club in a Box that pairs a PBS documentary and a novel for book club discussion on women’s advocacy.

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Better Days 2020 Debuts Women's Suffrage Recognition License Plate on the Steps of the Utah State Capitol to Celebrate Utah’s Leading Role in the Suffrage Movement

October 3, 2018

In honor of the first woman to cast a ballot in the modern nation, Better Days 2020 along with local dignitaries and supporters to unveil new “First to Vote” license plate in celebration of Utah’s past, present and future women leaders.

SALT LAKE CITY—October 3, 2018—Better Days 2020 leadership to announce the availability of a new Utah license plate offering that honors Utah’s significant role in the suffrage movement, considered by historians as the longest lasting social movement in the history of the United States. As the name “First to Vote” denotes, the new license plate more specifically pays homage to the first woman to cast a ballot in the entire modern nation, Utahn Seraph Young, 50 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. The new Utah “2020 suffrage anniversary celebration” license plate will be available for purchase after October 1. Utah residents can purchase the plate at https://mvp.tax.utah.gov/_/#2 by following the link and inputting current plate and VIN numbers. In the “Plate Type” dropdown, select Women’s Suffrage. Plates can be ordered at any time for any car (new or old); there is a $20 fee. The plate will be mailed to your home.

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Better Days 2020 Welcomes Katherine Kitterman as New Historical Director

May 16, 2018

Nonprofit hires U.S. historian and expert researcher to support completion of flagship K-12 education curriculum and other complementary campaign initiatives and projects.

SALT LAKE CITY—May 16, 2018—Better Days 2020, a campaign dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history in creative and communal ways, today announced it has hired Katherine Kitterman as Historical Director; she will start on May 21. Currently a doctoral candidate in American History at the American University in Washington, D.C., Kitterman is uniquely qualified to help research and share Utah women’s history in creative ways. Most recently, Kitterman was a research assistant at Leavitt Partners and adjunct professor for the Church History and Doctrine Department at Brigham Young University.

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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.

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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.