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County of Santa Clara to Host International Women’s Day Celebration

March 8, 2011 Marks the 100th Anniversary of Worldwide Commemoration

WHAT:
On International Women’s Day, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors and the Office of Women’s Policy is hosting a tribute to women and their contributions toward building an equitable, sustainable and peaceful world. The free and open to the public event includes the National Anthem, presentations, and a Proclamation followed by a reception with entertainment and refreshments.

WHO:
Supervisor Dave Cortese, President, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
County of Santa Clara Commission on the Status of Women
Local Dignitaries
Community Leaders
Santa Clara County Residents

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
County of Santa Clara Government Center, 70 West Hedding St. San José, CA

WHY:
March 8, 2011 is the 100th year of celebration of International Women’s Day. The United States commemorates Women’s History Month in March. International Women’s Day is celebrated during this month.

International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. It is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition is that men honor their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc., with flowers and small gifts. In some countries, International Women’s Day has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

Since its inception, International Women’s Day has become a global day of recognition and celebration of women’s professional, economic, political and social advancements in developed and developing countries.

For more information, contact Carla Collins, from the Office of Women’s Policy at (408) 299-5152
or Carla.collins@ceo.sccgov.org

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142
Posted: March 4, 2011