Our History

For over 20 years, the Office of Women's Policy (OWP) has been working towards gender equity in Santa Clara County.

Developed in the spirit of cooperation between the County and the community, the Office of Women’s Policy was created in 1998 to identify and address current and emerging issues for women and girls. We strive for gender equity so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The award-winning work of the Office of Women’s Policy is diverse, complex, cross-systems and innovative. OWP works with stakeholders within the County and at the local, state and federal levels as well as our greater Silicon Valley community to ensure the needs of women, girls and gender expansive individuals are being met.

A liaision for county and community, we work with multiple commissions to study issues that impact women. These partnerships have resulted in policy changes, award-winning research, public trainings, and the development of new offices to specialize in focus areas that benefit the entire community. 

As part of the County Division of Equity and Social Justice, we continue to serve the needs of our community as we learn to navigate our way through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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