The County of Santa Clara

Board Referral

Direct Administration to develop a strategic plan to commemorate and honor the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and the Suffrage Movement in the United States. The plan should include proactive strategies that support initiatives to protect suffrage, such as our effort to ensure that all individuals are counted in the 2020 Census, increase voter registration and participation in the electoral process. Administration is to report to the Children, Seniors and Families Committee no later than February 2018 with programmatic, budgetary and any staffing recommendations. (Chavez)


Department:Supervisor Cindy Chavez (Supervisorial District Two)Sponsors:
Category:Board Referral


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Fiscal impact will depend on the resource needs identified by Administration and authorized by the Board.



In August 2020, the United States will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and the Suffrage Movement. On this day we honor all those who contributed to the fight to secure the legal right of women to vote in the United States. The right for women to vote was formally accomplished through the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits state and federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the Unites States on the basis of gender.


Despite this monumental victory, women continue to be under-represented and under-recognized in leadership, elected government, and the implementation and deliberation of policy that affect them. According to the Center for American Progress, women are 50.8% of the U.S. population, account for 47% of the U.S. labor force and earn almost 60% of undergraduate degrees and 60% of all master’s degrees. However, women are just 25% of executive and senior officials and managers, 9.5% of top earners, hold only 24.9% of seats in state legislatures and they are only 10% of governors and only 20% of the mayors of the 100 largest American cities. Moreover, state and federal government continue to pass legislation restricting the accessibility and quality of health services specific to women’s health and well-being.


The Board should direct Administration to develop a strategic plan and identify the necessary resources to ensure the County is positioned to protect and honor the suffrage of women. The plan should include strategies aligned with our efforts to increase voter registration and participation. This is an opportunity to align both the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in 2020 and the 2020 Election to maximize women's participation in the electoral process. The plan should also align with our efforts to support a complete and accurate 2020 Census count. The census count is important to the County as it impacts political representation and federal resource allocation. Thus, it is imperative that individuals, including women of vulnerable communities are counted and represented.


A member of the Board of Supervisors is to work with Administration to lead a convening of local women organizations and national leaders to receive their thoughts and input on this strategic plan.



This item will have a positive impact on children and families, as it directly affects women and mothers.



This item will have a positive impact on elderly women.



The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.


Meeting History

Dec 12, 2017 9:30 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
MOVER:Cindy Chavez, Supervisor
SECONDER:Ken Yeager, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, S. Joseph Simitian


Dec 12, 2017 9:30 AMVideo (Windows Media) MP4 VideoBoard of SupervisorsRegular Meeting

12:11 PMAnd the comments. All votes have been cast. And that referral proceeds forward. Unanimously.
Let me pause for just a moment before we go on to item 12 and indicate or ask a question, is michael still here? We just--we had an earlier speaking request. If he's not here, that's fine. I just wanted to make sure t he was acknowledged, and we checked in with him with his need to speak. We will let him know that acknowledge his support on the item at some point after the meeting. Thank you. Supervisor chavez, we'll come back to you for item 1.

12:12 PM100th anniversary of women's suffrage. 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the suffrage and the movement in the united states. For women to be able to weigh in on policy at a local and national level. Furthermore states and federal and local governments restricted the ability of health services for women, women's health in particular, and there were constraints on voting rights as well. What I would like to ask is through the administration that we develop a plan to honor and commemorate this anniversary. And to do this in a way that aligns for other work we're doing in particular are focus on getting our entire community engaged in the 2020 census count. Also to look at increasing voter registration and further participation in the electoral process. We should be preparing to maximize the participation of all of our community, particularly women, and I think this is a great opportunity to work with organizations like the aauw. And you should say that the a brought this to my attention d said we should lean in and do something very important in our region. I would like to ask for my colleague's support to give direction of staff, and have staff work with whatever department including the department of women's policy as they see fit.
12:13 PMLet me make that screen available to you for electronic voting. Motion by chavez, seconded by yeager, and further discussion. We did not receive any request to speak. We'll conclude to voting. All votes are being cast. 5-0 is the vote. We will continue now with the referral lifted as item number 13, which has to do with the 100th armistice day commemoration. Supervisor chavez, and I was happy to be involved.

12:14 PMComment.
As you know, especially through our veteran's service office, and supervisor cortese, you led the way all the way in which--how many beds now?
Over 700 at last count.
I thought so, too. and so we're coming up on our 100th anniversary of the original armistice day to be commemorated on veteran's day in 2018. This will leverage to make sure that veterans know about the services that are available to them and we'll cosponsor community vents that will further education, and our deep and abiding appreciation to the veterans in our community. And it's also an opportunity for us to really expand our reach using our communication strategies, both with newsletters and other mechanisms to the veteran's community.