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Female county leaders announce county support for A Day Without A Woman action

Santa Clara County, CA—Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Sheriff Laurie Smith, Public Defender Molly O’Neal, Clerk of the Board Megan Doyle, Deputy County Executive Sylvia Gallegos, Chief Probation Officer Laura Garnette, Finance Agency Director Emily Harrison and other female county leaders announced at a press conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, County support for an A Day Without A Woman action.

“Every day throughout the County and the world, women play a vital social, economic and political role in society. Yet, we continue to face the wage gap, vulnerability to discrimination and other gender and economic injustices,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez. “That is why Santa Clara County supports A Day Without A Woman and continues to work towards pay equity and gender parity.”

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. In solidarity with campaigns happening across the globe, the national Women’s March on Washington organizers have called on women and allies to participate in a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity, A Day Without A Woman.

Women play an indispensable role in the daily functions of life throughout society, through seen and unseen, paid and unpaid labor. Despite this, women and gender nonconforming people continue to face many economic and gender injustices, such as the wage gap, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity. The goal of the A Day Without A Woman action is to call attention to these issues, while also highlighting the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies.

Suggested actions from the Women’s March website:

Anyone, anywhere can join by making March 8 A Day Without A Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
· Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.
· Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
· Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.
· Male allies: lean into care giving on March 8 and use the day to call out decision-makers at the workplace and in the government to extend equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women.
For more information about the national call to action, please visit the Women’s March website:https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday/.

The Women’s March’s A Day Without A Woman is part of a larger effort to celebrate International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women world round. Last year in support of International Women’s Day, organizations and individuals around the world made a #PledgeForParity in which they committed to challenge conscious and unconscious bias, create inclusive flexible cultures, call for gender-balanced leadership, value women and men’s contributions equally and help women and girls achieve their ambitions. This year, these efforts are being expanded on through the #BeBoldForChange theme.

For more information about International Women’s Day, please visit www.internationalwomensday.com.

Santa Clara County places a strong emphasis on pay equity and gender parity. The Gender and Ethnicity Pay Equity referral, proposed by Board President Dave Cortese and Supervisor Chavez, will require County contractors to demonstrate their commitment to equal pay for equal work. In addition, the new ordinance will require the County to review and change its own practices to lead by example. The World Economic Forum predicts that the global gender gap will not close until 2186. Santa Clara County is taking action to close it now.

On January 17, Supervisors Chavez and Cortese held a special Children, Seniors and Families Committee (CSFC) Women’s Issues Hearing. The discussion brought to light opportunities for further partnership between the County and cities to advance county policies relating to women, children and families such as intimate partner violence, family-friendly workplace policies and health accessibility at the local level. Supervisors Chavez and Cortese are now reviewing all recommendations made during the Hearing and developing a comprehensive and interconnected, local strategy that will build on the County’s partnerships with cities, community partners and community members to advance county policies supporting all who reside in our county. One such recommendation is the creation of a countywide women’s caucus of elected officials.

For other questions or to arrange an interview, contact Supervisor Chavez’ office at 408-299-5020.

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