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1 big thing: Utah women underrepresented in municipal offices

Women as a share of municipal officeholders
Data: Rutgers; Map: Axios Visuals

About 34% of municipal office holders in Utah are women, according to a new report from the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Why it matters: Utah women are largely underrepresented in local government offices that are tasked with shaping critical city policies and responding to residents' needs.

By the numbers: The Beehive State ranks 17th in the nation for its share of women serving in municipal offices, per the report. Nationally, about 32% of municipal officer holders are women.

  • Colorado ranked first in the nation, with 46% of women holding municipal office, while Nebraska ranked dead last (19%).

How it works: The center analyzed 55 Utah cities and towns with populations of over 10,000 residents.

What they're saying: "When girls don't see women in roles of leadership positions in business and government … they're less likely to see themselves as leaders in any of those types of organizations," Kolene Anderson, associate director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University, told Axios Salt Lake City.

  • Female candidates are more likely to be scrutinized over their appearance, clothing and demeanor than men, Anderson noted, which could detract some from seeking office.

Zoom out: Nearly 27% of state lawmakers are women, the report found.

The big picture: Utah has long lagged behind the rest of the nation when it comes to women holding elected office across the state, per the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University.

Go deeper: Utah's wide gender gap shows in politics, wages

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2. 🥚 Your guide to Easter egg hunts

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Get your baskets and keep your eyes peeled. There are lots of Easter egg hunts this weekend for families and adults.

Egg hunts for families

Memory Grove Park: Preservation Utah is hosting a free egg hunt and costume parade through the grove.

  • When: 10am-Noon Saturday
  • Admission: Free

Millcreek: There are two free egg hunts in town!

  • The East Mill Creek Lions Club's egg hunt starts at 9am on Saturday at Evergreen Park.
  • The city's Eggstravaganza brings vendors, egg hunts and other activities to Heatherwood Middle School. Events begin at 10:30am Saturday, with age-specific hunts starting at 11am.

South Salt Lake: Head to Central Park, 2797 S. 200 East, for egg hunts, the Tiny Tots fair, and a butterfly release.

  • When: 9am Saturday
  • Admission: Free

West Valley City: There are loads of events in and around the Family Fitness Center, from egg plunges in the pool to a nighttime flashlight egg hunt for teens.

  • When: Friday and Saturday.
  • Admission: Varies by event. Register now for pool events, indoor egg hunts and "edutainment" egg hunts. Outdoor hunts are free, with no registration.

Draper: Meet the Easter Bunny, Elsa and Anna, get your face painted and scramble for eggs at Galena Park.

  • When: Activities 9am-11am Saturday, with egg hunts at 10am.
  • Admission: Free

For the grownups

Second Summit Cider: Wester Market brings vendors, live music and an adult-and-dog egg hunt to the cidery, 4010 S. Main St., Millcreek.

  • When: 11am-4pm Saturday

T.F. Brewing: The 14th Annual Bunny Hop fundraiser includes food trucks, craft beer and DJ'd music.

  • When: 11am-sunset
  • Admission: $25

Full list of events

3. Fry Sauce: A mixture of news

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🏫 The Iron County School Board voted Tuesday to allow a public ballot measure to reinstate a mascot that is widely considered a racial slur, five years after the board switched Cedar High School's mascot to "The Red." (

  • The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, headquartered in Cedar City, has asked the district not to bring back the mascot.

🍺 State alcohol regulators have asked the Utah Attorney General's Office to investigate whether the Weathered Wave cider bar in Salt Lake violated nondiscrimination laws when it posted on Instagram that it is "banning all Zionists." (The Salt Lake Tribune)

🚨 West Jordan Police arrested a man Tuesday after he confessed to fatally shooting his best friend in what he said was an accident while he was playing with a gun he thought was unloaded. (FOX 13)

4. 🍻 Red Rock celebrates Marmalade District

Courtesy: Red Rock Brewery

Red Rock Brewery has released a series of fruited ales honoring Salt Lake City's historic Marmalade neighborhood.

Flashback: Marmalade, one of Utah's oldest neighborhoods, got its name after early settlers planted fruit trees in the area.

The intrigue: One of the brews is Red Rock's Mango-Mango Golden Ale, which was made using over 1,000 pounds of mangos.

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🇮🇪 Erin is listening to "We're Not F@&%!ng Historians" to learn about Irish history.

This newsletter was edited by Ross Terrell and copy edited by Natasha Danielle Smith and Yasmeen Altaji.