Support Gender Equality at Aug 27 Palo Alto City Council Meeting

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Support Gender Equality Initiative at August 27th Palo Alto City Council Meeting (Updated)

On Monday, August 27, 2018, the Palo Alto City Council will consider a gender equality ordinance recommended by the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC). The recommendation, introduced by Commissioner Steven Lee and passed unanimously by the HRC at its February 8, 2018 meeting, calls upon the Palo Alto City Council to enact a gender equality ordinance, based on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which would establish a city task force responsible for studying gender equality issues within the City of Palo Alto and proposing policies to comprehensively and systematically address gender equality issues within the City. 

With so many other issues on the City Council's agenda for the year, this initiative won't get the attention and time it deserves without community support.

If you believe gender equality is still an issue in 2018 and that the City of Palo Alto should take additional steps to address it once and for all, please sign this petition, send an email of support to and come and speak in support of the HRC's recommendation at the City Council's August 27th meeting. 

Wear suffragette white to show your support!

Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Time: Monday, August 27th. Meeting starts at 7:00pm, but the item is scheduled for 9:00-9:30pm. We encourage folks to get there early to put in a speakers card or in case the item comes up early.

Meeting Agenda:
Listed on Agenda as:
9:00-9:30 PM
9. Recommendations From the Human Relations Commission in Response
to Council Resolution Number 9653 Reaffirming Palo Alto’s
Commitment to a Diverse, Supportive, Inclusive, and Protective

If you have questions about this initiative or want to get involved, please contact Commissioner Steven Lee* at


American Association of University Women, Palo Alto Branch

League of Women Voters of Palo Alto

United Nations Association, Midpeninsula Chapter

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peninsula Palo Alto Branch



Stanford Daily Article on the HRC's Recommendation:

June 12, 2018 City Council Agenda (Item #2 scheduled for 7:45-8:15pm):

HRC Memo - CEDAW Committee's Recommendation to HRC for CEDAW Ordinance:

Minutes from HRC's February 8th Meeting:

Video from HRC's February 8th Meeting:

Staff Report from HRC's February 8th Meeting:

Cities for CEDAW:

League of Women Voters of Palo Alto - Letter of Support:

Commissioner Steven Lee: and 

*Note: This page was created by Commissioner Steven Lee, in his individual capacity and by other members of the public & community groups who support this gender equality initiative. This page was not created or authorized by the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission or by the City of Palo Alto.