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County of Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy, AAUW San Jose to Host Leadership Conference for High School Girls

Event Agenda Includes Private Screening of Documentary, Resource Fair, Workshops, to Empower Girls
The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is coordinating Strong Girls, Strong Women, a Leadership Conference for High School Girls.  Conference includes a resource fair, continental breakfast and lunch with local leaders, private screening of the award-winning documentary Miss Representation, and workshops on media literacy, self-defense, money matters and advocacy.  Girls will choose from four different leadership tracks. There will be a separate track for Strong Women mothers and adult advocates for girls.
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
American Association of University Women (AAUW) San Jose
High School Girls
Mothers and Adult Advocates for Girls
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  
School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
According to the Office of Women’s Policy 2012 Report on the State of Women and Girls in Santa Clara County, despite the fact that women represent half of the county’s population and workforce, discrimination, inequity, lack of opportunity and education may hinder their ability to develop as leaders, advance academically and professionally, achieve full equality in society, and move to greater economic prosperity.
The Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference offers an opportunity to raise awareness about the state of women and girls in Santa Clara County and to discover untapped potential in the county’s local youth.  Research shows that investments of time, energy and resources to support girls’ development help them succeed in school as well as making healthy choices outside school.  Due to the mature film content and topics to be covered at the conference, middle school students are welcomed only if accompanied by an adult.
RSVP is required as registration is free, but space is limited. 
For more information call Carla Collins at (408) 299-5152, or email 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142; Carla Collins, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5152.
Posted: March 12, 2013