Daggett County is nestled in the northeastern corner of Utah. The county is noteworthy not only for its spectacular red rock cliffs and snowcapped peaks, but also for its sex-segregated workforce, says Rory McVeigh, a sociologist at the University of Notre Dame. To fully integrate women and men in all the county’s occupations, he finds, 94 percent of them would have to change jobs.

The area of Daggett County is notable for another fact: It’s steadfastly Republican. In the 2004...

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