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Economic Advancement

Women make up half the population and half the workforce in Santa Clara County.  Globally, women represent the largest market opportunity, controlling $20 trillion in annual consumer spending.  However, women’s ability to advance and move to greater economic prosperity is compromised whenever women experience discrimination, inequity or lack of opportunity. 

These effects are damaging not only to women, they impact families and our entire community.  These effects are damaging not only to women, they impact families and our entire community. 

  • Female headed households have the lowest incomes and the lowest income households tend to have women living alone.
  • Nearly 2/3 of all minimum wage jobs are held by women.
  • Green or STEM occupations represent 27% of the Santa Clara County workforce. Men are twice as likely as women to be employed in this sector.
  • Women are paid 80 cents for every dollar white men are paid.  That’s a  20% gap.
  • An African American woman is paid, on average, 63 cents for every dollar a man is paid.
  • A Latina is paid 54 cents, on average, for every dollar paid to a man.
  • Nearly 1 out of every 5 Latinas works in food preparation or service industry.

Through key initiatives and education, Office of Women’s Policy is committed to greater economic security and prosperity for women and believe this is key to a vibrant, sustainable global economy. The Office of Women’s Policy, in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors annual events to promote fair/equal pay for women.

 

 

Last updated: 11/30/2017 4:00 PM