County of Santa Clara to Host First Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council Meeting

Public participation is encouraged

County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Women's Equality 2020 Leadership Council


Leaders from across the county will serve on the Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council to commemorate and honor in August 2020 the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, help ensure a complete census count and broad electoral participation in 2020, and advance women’s equality.   

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors established the Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council to identify strategies to advance women’s equality, make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, and provide input and planning for activities relating to the Women’s Suffrage Anniversary. Its first meeting will be in November 2018.

In addition to the main body whose members have been appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Office of Women’s Policy will also convene Women 2020 Work Groups and events to engage community members and leaders in not only identifying local barriers, but also  highlighting opportunities to move the needle on this issue here in our own Valley.


Inaugural meeting

Wednesday, November 14, 2018. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
County Government Center Cafeteria
70 W. Hedding St., San Jose.


Moving the needle on women’s equality is not easy. The only way that Women 2020 succeeds is if we engage a diverse population with a deep reach into local communities, personal experience or expertise about women’s issues, and who have the desire to roll up their sleeves and work for change.

Women face disparities that affect them across all sectors in life.

  • Women are paid 80 cents for every dollar white men are paid.  That’s a 20% gap, and for women of color, the gap is larger.

  • Women make up 51% of the US population but make up just under 20% of the United States Congress and only three percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

Girls are more likely than boys to report that they have experienced psychological bullying.

  • Most women and girls who are involved in the criminal justice system are women and girls of color.

About the Office of Women's Policy

Developed in the spirit of collaboration between the County of Santa Clara and the community in 1998, the Office of Women’s Policy is a leading voice in Silicon Valley on the needs of women and girls, serving as a catalyst for awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact women's health, safety and security.  Through analysis, research and strategic collaboration, OWP works to ensure that programs and services, as well as systems and policy support women's leadership, full equality and advancement in the home, at work and in the community. For more information about the Office of Women’s Policy, visit   


The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With a $7 billion budget, more than 70 agencies/departments and 20,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all.  The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.

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