West Jordan • Even if women choose to stay out of the workforce to take care of their children at home, they should get as much education as possible, says former Utah Gov. Olene Walker.
That's because a mother's education is the "best determiner" of their children's academic performance, Walker said Thursday during an International Women's Day observation sponsored by Soroptomist International of Salt Lake, a chapter of the worldwide organization for business and professional women.
Sworn into office on Nov. 5, 2003, shortly before her 73rd birthday, Walker was Utah's first and so far, only, female governor. A former Republican House lawmaker, she also served as the state's first and only female lieutenant governor. During all her time in elective politics, she made education a prime objective.