"A woman's place is in the House . . . and the Senate too!"
More than 35 years have passed since Anna Belle Clement O'Brien coined that phrase as she successfully campaigned for the Tennessee Senate in 1976.
But since then, women have made few gains in terms of numbers.
Utah's Legislature tilts heavily male, with only 12 women in the 75-member House and five females occupying 29 Senate seats.
On Nov. 5, voters will cast ballots for new mayors and city council members, and even those races are male-dominated.
Two years ago, the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and YWCA launched the nonpartisan "Real Women Run" initiative to empower the female to get politically active.
"Why do real women NOT run for public office?" former Utah Rep. Lorie Fowlke asked in a recent blog on www.realwomenrun.org.
"When I ask a man (I've asked several), most of them respond that, of course, the women are busy taking care of their homes and children," Fowlke wrote.
"When I mention that men have homes and children too, the guys seem a little stumped."
Women often are unsure how to run, Fowlke said, and could also use a little reassurance that they can succeed and are needed.
"Statistically, the same percentages of women who run for office are elected as men who run," Fowlke blogged. "It is just that less women run."
Lisa Watts Baskin, a "Real Women Run" participant and former North Salt Lake City council member, believes that women tend to be more pragmatic about problem-solving.
"Women bring a sensitivity and greater understanding of what a neighborhood and a network of helpers means -- and how important it is to maintain relationships over the longterm," said Watts Baskin, an attorney and mother of two. But once elected, being surrounded by a male majority can have a shushing effect.
"In a group setting women won't say as much," Watts Baskin said. "It happens all the time -- it's a matter of training."
Sharon Bolos will finish her first four-year term on the West Haven City Council this December and is currently running for mayor.
"My family has always been involved in politics," Bolos said. "I don't know any different."
Her grandfather, Jack Arrington, served two terms on Ogden's City Council and 20 years as a state lawmaker.
Bolos, an accountant who works from home, described herself as hands-on and "very dedicated to working things out and making things better in my community as a whole."
Raising six children helps fuel that fire.
"I not only want them to have a community where they can thrive, but to teach them the importance of community spirit," Bolos said.
Marcia White currently vies for a seat on Ogden's City Council, her first foray into politics.
"But my family has always been involved," White said.
Women hold back for many reasons, White said, such as fear of failure, too many family obligations, or finding it difficult to ask for campaign donations. However, they often know how to compromise and are used to juggling several tasks at once, she added.
"They bring an inherent skill set,"White said, "that I see time and time again."
Contact reporter Cathy McKitrick at 801-625-4214 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catmck.