Some people refer to Utah as a theocracy, run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah's poor record of women in higher education, business and government has even drawn comparisons to Taliban-run Afghanistan. Neither is accurate, of course, but the church's influence, not only over its members but Utah culture in general, can't be overlooked.
Some of the Utah statistics reported by the Center for American Progress in its "The State of Women in America" report must be examined through the lens of LDS Church doctrine on the role of women in the family and society. The model of dad as breadwinner and mom as homemaker is, indeed, ingrained.
Utah received an F grade in the report and is ranked 49th among the states. Only Louisiana ranked lower in the analysis of data on such topics as poverty, health, the gender wage gap, and women's participation in government and business.