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Office of Women's Policy

The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy is committed to ensuring that County policies and programs are gender-responsive and meet the needs of women and girls. We work to improve outcomes, increase access, and promote self-determination of people who identify as women. 


The mission of the County of Santa Clara is to plan for the needs of a dynamic community, provide quality services, and promote a healthy, safe, and prosperous community for all. 


A Santa Clara County community where women and girls prosper and live self-determined lives.

Pro-Equity Approaches

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Change the Narrative

  • Provide training and tools to understand and address the root causes of girls, women, and gender-expansive inequities. 

  • Raise visibility about gender bias, gender inequities, the status of women, girls, and nonbinary individuals, their needs, and their contribution to Santa Clara County. 

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Subject Matter Expertise

  • Offer guidance to County departments and community members on best practices to support girls, women, nonbinary, and gender-expansive individuals to support, referrals, and resources locally and nationally. 

  • Work collaboratively with all County departments and local agencies to review current practices and provide technical assistance.   

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Transformational Change

Lead innovation of cross-departmental best practices, remove systems barriers, and expand linkage and access to services. 

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Partnerships and Community Engagement

  • Represent the County and build partnerships with local, state, and national government agencies, school districts, and nonprofit organizations on girls, women, and gender-expansive issues. 

  • Convene local agencies and community leaders to build supports and platforms to strengthen and amplify girls, women, and gender-expansive voices.  

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Policy Analysis

  • Embed a gender-based lens across county policies. 

  • Review existing or proposed policy to ensure adequate and appropriate inclusion of girls, women and gender-expansive individuals. 

  • Track key Women’s policy areas and provide recommendations for local action. 

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Data, Evaluation, and Accountability

  • Support the standardization and integration of gender and related demographic data into County data collection. 

  • Design, implement, and analyze a county-wide crosswalk on programs being conducted related to girls, women, and gender-expansive issues. 

  • Identify specific county-wide gaps in girls, women, and gender-expansive support and services. 

  • Conduct or secure research to identify promising/evidence-based practices to advance equity in girls, women, and gender-expansive issues. 


Office Highlights

Contact Us

2460 N First Street, Suite 220
San Jose, CA 95131

Email: [email protected]

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