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Today's newsletter is 697 words — a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Utah's gender struggles

A bar chart that displays the perceived challenges for Utah women and girls, based on a survey of 2,433 adults in fall 2023. The chart shows that 42% identified lack of recognition or feeling undervalued as a challenge, closely followed by gendered expectations at 41.7%. Religious influence and balancing career and home were noted by 27.3% and 25.4% respectively, while work-related inequities were a concern for 23.3%.
Data: Utah Women and Leadership Program; Note: The non-probability sampling was conducted online. The respondents were 85.3% female; Chart: Axios Visuals

Sexism, conforming to traditional gender roles and religious expectations are some of the top observed hurdles facing the state's women and girls, per a new report by USU's Utah Women and Leadership Project.

Why it matters: Utah has been consistently ranked as the worst state for women's equality for years fueled, in part, by its wide gender pay gap and abysmal female representation in executive and elected roles.

By the numbers: About 42% of respondents listed a lack of recognition and being undervalued as a challenge facing women and girls.

  • Other barriers include pressure for women to stay at home and raise children (41.7%); expectations for women and girls to adhere to traditional gender roles associated with religion (27.3%); balancing a career and domestic labor at home (25.4%) and workplace inequities (23.3%).

Between the lines: Advocates have long pushed for state lawmakers to pass legislation to increase funding for child care, as well as stronger measures to curb domestic violence.

What they're saying: "The culture really points to women being second to men and as less important and less educated," one respondent told researchers.

  • One male respondent told researchers that he has female friends in Utah who feel undervalued professionally and academically.
  • Another respondent said, "gender bias is so strong here that it is really tough for women to advance their careers beyond mid-level management."

The bottom line: "Although the needle has moved slightly in a few areas, the current trajectory will require three to four more decades to make notable progress," researchers noted in the report.

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2. 🏒 Have a say in Utah's NHL team name

Children play stick hockey in front of the Delta Center before the new Utah NHL team is introduced to fans by owners Ryan and Ashley Smith on April 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

Sports tycoon Ryan Smith wants hockey fans to cast their votes to help name Utah's new NHL team.

State of play: Voters will get to do so once in the first round and select up to four names from a list of 20 through a Qualtrics survey. We already know the team's name will start with Utah.

  • Options include Blizzard, Yeti, Mammoth, Venom and Black Diamonds.

What's next: The first round of voting is open until May 22 and subsequent steps will be announced later this summer.

  • For their inaugural season, the team will wear jerseys that say "Utah."
  • A name, mascot, colors and branding will be chosen before the team's 2025-26 season.

Flashback: We asked Axios Salt Lake City readers last month to tell us what they'd like the team to be called.

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3. Fry Sauce: An extra side of news

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🕯️ Former Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) died this week at 73. He served as the 3rd District's congressman from 1997–2009. (

❄️ Utahns are getting a new way to look at their snowpack thanks to new technology from NASA. Airplanes use a web of lasers a mile wide, while cruising at 25,000 feet to scan the ground. (KUER)

🪰 Planning a trip to Antelope Island? Be prepared. The biting gnats, no-see-ums, are back in bunches. Signs posted at the entrance warn no refunds will be given due to the annoying insects. Rangers say people should wear fine mesh head nets because bug spray won't help. (FOX 13)

4. 🎶 Your weekend mixtape

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

This weekend is packed with live entertainment and a boozy event to take your furry friends.

🎶 Kilby Block Party

It seems everyone in town will be at the indie music festival this year. Featured headliners are LCD Soundsystem, The Postal Service and Vampire Weekend.

When: Friday–Sunday; gates will open at 11:30am each day.

Where: Utah State Fairpark

Admission: $99 before fees for one-day general admission tickets or $269 before fees for a three-day general admission pass

🎭 "Annie"

Listen to "It's a Hard Knock Life" during the iconic musical's live show downtown.

When: Friday–Sunday with multiple showtimes

Where: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater

Admission: Tickets start at $45, before fees.

🍽️ Paws & Plates

Enjoy food samples and drinks from local vendors to raise money for the Community Animal Welfare Society. The event will include a silent auction, pet adoptions and free nail trimming for dogs.

When: Saturday noon to 3pm

Where: TF Brewing

Admission: $50 for general admission or $300 for VIP

  • Of note: Vaccination records are required for pets. This is a 21 or older event.

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This newsletter was edited by Ross Terrell and copy edited by Natasha Danielle Smith and Bryan McBournie.