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SCC Office of Women's Policy Hosts Exhibit to Raise Awareness During Equal Pay Month

Exhibit to Feature Case Studies and Local Agencies
WHAT:  
The Office of Women’s Policy is hosting an exhibit at the County Government Center through April 17, 2014 to raise awareness about the persistent wage gap between men and women, and its impacts on individuals, families and communities. The exhibit highlights real life examples of wage discrimination and the agencies that step in to bring justice to the victims.
 
The goal of the exhibit is to build awareness about wage and gender discrimination in the work place and educate the public about worker rights and local resources.  The exhibit is one of several activities taking place during Equal Pay Awareness Month in Santa Clara County, including a panel discussion on April 17th at 10 a.m. at the County Government Center.
 
WHO: 
Bay Area Equal Pay Collaborative
Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy
Public and Private Employees
Employers
              
WHEN:
March 24 – April 17, 2014
 
WHERE:
County Government Center, 70 West Hedding St. (Breezeway)
     
WHY:  
The County proclaimed April as Equal Pay Month. The goal of this exhibit and other activities is to raise awareness and engage the public in advocating for the elimination of the wage gap between men and women.
 
Nearly four in ten mothers are the primary breadwinners in their households, and nearly two-thirds are significant earners, making pay equity critical to families’ economic security.  Fair pay strengthens the stability of families, eases future retirement costs and enhances the country’s economy.
 
Estimates indicate that college-educated women working full-time earn half a million dollars less than their male peers do over the course of a lifetime.  The wage gap is much worse for women of color.  The gap was largest for Latina women, who were paid only 53 percent of what white men were paid in 2012. African American women were paid 64 percent of white men’s earnings. 
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Julie Ramirez, SCC Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5135.
Posted:  April 2, 2014