'Even though the Socialist party and its individual members, both nationally and in Utah, espoused the goal of equality for women, the role of women within the Socialist party was not much different from that of women in the Republican or Democratic party. Roughly 10 percent of Utah Socialists were women. Women held important party offices; nor were they usually candidates for major political offices. . . Nevertheless, these women worked to bring about a Socialist society which, they believed, would not only emancipate the working class, but bring an end to the oppression particular to women.' Most of Utah's Socialist women were from traditional backgrounds.