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County officials call on women to strike for equality on Wednesday

"A Day Without A Woman" to coincide with International Women's Day March 8

Santa Clara County officials dressed in red this morning called on women and their allies to take the day off on Wednesday, part of a national strike called A Day Without a Woman to coincide with International Women's Day.

The strike, which was planned by Women's March on Washington organizers, is intended to highlight women's economic power and call attention to injustices including unequal pay, sexual harassment and inadequate family leave.

"We want to show women that we stand with them," Supervisor Cindy Chavez said, encouraging those who can't take the day off to wear red and abstain from shopping, other than at small businesses owned by women and minority entrepreneurs.

Chavez called on men to use the day to push for adequate family leave and equal pay for women from decision-makers in the workplace and the government.

Women-owned businesses account for $3 billion nationwide, county Office of Women's Policy director Esther Peralez-Dieckmann said.

"It's not only the right thing to do. It's actually sound business practice to look at advancement of women and girls," Peralez-Dieckmann said.

Chavez said the Board of Supervisors is working on putting forth an initiative around intimate partner violence and strengthening ordinances on wage theft. The county also established a Human Trafficking Commission in 2014.

More than 1,300 Facebook users have expressed interest in the Day Without a Woman rally, which will be held at noon Wednesday outside of San Jose City Hall.

— Bay City News Service

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24 people like this
Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

USA is a registered user.

Yeah, because the Day Without Immigrants went so well.


9 people like this
Posted by DD
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Are county employees expected to take the day off?


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Will the same county officials help them get their jobs back when they are fired? Why are these government officials trying to organize a strike and bring economic activity to a halt for a day? Is this what they were elected to do? How much tax revenue will be lost? Will they put tax increases on the next election ballot to make up for the lost revenue? Are they targeting male-dominated companies such as Google and Apple as well? Will Mountain View public employees and teachers be given the day off as well? When is the next meeting of the county commissars to redistribute wealth?



24 people like this
Posted by Relax
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Relax everyone. If you support the cause and can take the day off, then do it. If you don't support it, find a better use of your day then griping about what others choose to do. If you do support it and can't take the day off, wear red.


18 people like this
Posted by mvbp
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Isn't red the official Commie color?


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Posted by Citizen for Educated Reporting
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Observer is right on. I hope that Cindy Chavez's pay is docked for the day. What about all of the taxpayers and businesses looking to access county services on that day - what will they be getting out of this other than inconvenience and/or increased costs? Recall Cindy Chavez!


22 people like this
Posted by bob
a resident of Slater
on Mar 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm

If true gender equality is the sincere wish of those who support this action, then let it begin by using the day off to register with the Selective Service System, so that in the event the draft, or other form of national service, ever needs to be reactivated, it won't be just males over 18 who are called.


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Posted by NeitherRednorBlue
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

.....meanwhile, Santa Clara County officials still don't understand why Trump won.

No one can afford to be a democrat unless you receive subsidies, you are part of the global elite or you work for the city, county, state or federal government. Working class folk above the poverty line are running out of money to fund everyone's future that depends on our tax dollars.

Reminiscent of a politician that said some citizens will have to give up their iPhone to pay for their healthcare all the while receiving healthcare and cell phone reimbursement himself.

"Politics is the gentle are of getting votes from the poor and donations from the rich." Dems forgot their neighbors and still have no clue except their desire to get re-elected. Hasn't been a very good plan recently.


5 people like this
Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Why a strike? Are they taking their paid holidays as pay for this?
I just think it will not be successful. I must work.


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Posted by MP
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

@mvbp who said: "Isn't red the official Commie color?"
Commies were the fist resisting Hitler.
You are welcome to wear brown tomorrow.


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Posted by Family leave
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

I wonder if these same County employees are supportive of Trump's endorsement of paid family leave?


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Posted by @Family Leave
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

"I heard Trump is also a big fan of drinking water and breathing air. I wonder if these employees are in support of that?"

Oh, you've laid such a devilish trap for these liberals.


14 people like this
Posted by Kathleen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

This is ridiculous. Hey teachers why not take the day off so moms who have to work then have to find child care??????


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Posted by Linda
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 7, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Last I knew, public employees were not allowed to use even a moment of work time, nor narry a cent to sway people to their political side. I hope that's still the law. I never liked disruption that impacted hourly wage earners, parents, and all others whose lives are put in chaos because some people need to get their opinions and actions heard. This is selfish. And these are the people we elected. And believe me, even if they don't quite qualify under the public employees label, then they're having their assistants, clerks, whatever, who are our public employees, doing the work of organizing this strike and rally. This is a total misuse of the public's trust.


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Posted by psr
a resident of The Crossings
on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm

It is OUTRAGEOUS that county officials are using official time (paid for by conservatives as well as liberals) to recommend that people not go to work to support a partisan point of view. Do you realize that you are encouraging people to damage local businesses by not going to work? Do you even consider for ONE minute that you are damaging some of your constituents? Do you care? Would you support business owners withholding some of their local taxes to demonstrate how you have damaged them? Surely you wouldn't mind giving up the tax money so that those people could voice their opinion.

I already know that you don't support the people not in your own political party. I just don't need to have you rubbing it in my face by wasting MY money to do it.


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Posted by Alex
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm

Clearly all the posters expressing outrage DO understand that women in the workplace ARE valuable, or they would just embrace a day with less traffic and move along with their lives. I suggest we all acknowledge that women in the workplace are still being undervalued and stop expecting everyone to shut up and put up with it. If you encounter a woman working that day, thank her for her help, and think about what you can do to support all women in this continuing fight for equality. Or at the least deal with these minor inconveniences while recognizing the reasons women feel a need to inconvenience you: to make people just like you realize this is still a problem.


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Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

I cannot believe these comments. Are you women so weak, mis-informed and easily led that you are actually following this foolishness?

Undervalued. Fight for equality. So you seriously think that walking OFF those hard-won jobs are going to win you brownie points?

Sorry. I'd rather scrap it out in the workplace, I'd rather show up with my game on EVERY SINGLE DAY than wimp out with some kind of bogus "walk-out" and look like a weak fool. Wake up women. You're being played.

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:14 am

the_punnisher is a registered user.

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Posted by the_rehsinnup
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:18 am

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:30 am

the_punnisher is a registered user.

@the_rehsinnup

The reality of what is happening right now here in Santa Clara County may just get overshadowed by the events happening right now in Washington DC. Take a look at the different bills being introduced by Congress. Unless you get Calexit going, these bills will be more than the loss of Federal money to electrify Caltrain.


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Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 8, 2017 at 1:29 am

This will only hurt other women that need the help of the women that plan to strike.


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Posted by psr
a resident of The Crossings
on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

@Alex
You clearly miss the point entirely.

Women in the workplace are NOT "undervalued". It has been the law for decades to pay men and women equally for the same job with the same experience. The rare number of cases where this is NOT being done can be dealt with on a case by case basis.

The "wage gap" that is touted so loudly by the Left does not, in fact, exist in any meaningful way. When you account for the fact that women spend years out of the workforce to raise children far more often then men, the wage gap effectively disappears. The reason women are "paid less" then men is because the averages used to promote this notion do NOT account for gaps in the number of years worked.

When you come back to me with a valid study that accounts for YEARS OF WORK relative to pay and STILL has a gap that is outside normal variation, then you might have a point. Until then, I will continue to NOT shut up and put up with the distorted notion that women with the same experience and years of work are paid less. If that was the case, employers would hire women exclusively so that they could pay them less, which is NOT the way it works.

BTW, as a woman, I find it highly insulting the you and others think everyone is incapable of running a valid comparison that takes ALL factors into account. My statistics professors would have lowered my grades for such shoddy data analysis.


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