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3rd Annual South Bay Women’s Conference

Deciphering the Code: Women in STEM Careers

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October 7th, 2013

San José, CA – The San José State University Women’s Resource Center is proud to present the 3rd Annual South Bay Women’s Conference (SBWC), Deciphering the Code: Women in STEM Careers, on Saturday March 8th. Deciphering the Code seeks to celebrate and unite multiple generations of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields within our community. The conference will create avenues through which young women can become involved in these fields and engage the concerns faced by women entering these professions and those who are currently working in the field.

An issue of great concern with women working in any industry is the pay gap between women and men, with the issues being even more disparaging for women of color. A report released by the U.S. Census in their 2012 American Community Survey, women working full-time, year round, still only make 77 cents to the dollar compared to non-Hispanic white men. According to the National Women’s’ Law Center, “[b]ased on these wage gaps, the difference in lifetime earnings between African-American women and white, non-Hispanic men over a 40-year career would be more than $1 million in five states and D.C. For Hispanic women, it would be more than $1 million in 21 states and D.C.

Lilly Ledbetter with President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

To address the issues women face in fighting for equal pay in professions where women are underrepresented, the SBWC will feature keynote speaker, Lilly Ledbetter. Ledbetter worked as an area manager at Goodyear plant in Gadsden, Alabama for nineteen years. Her crusade to remedy the gender-based pay discrimination that she suffered during that time received national attention, and her activism led to the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. The bill revises previous legislation so employees can sue their employers up to 180 days after receiving any discriminatory paycheck.

Workshops: There will be three workshop sessions throughout the conference. Each session will feature one presentation from each of the following categories:

  1. Nurturing the inquisitive mind: Geared towards youth, this series focuses on educating, shaping and growing the next generation of leaders.
  2. Mastering the craft: Focusing on high school and college students, this series is aimed to assist women on breaking in, finding space and being successful in their field of choice.
  3. Shattering the ceiling: Intended to assist emerging professionals, this series focuses on climbing the ladder, negotiating space and advocating for yourself.
  4. Passing the torch: This series informs established professionals how to create opportunities, advocate for others, and pave paths for next generation of female leaders.

Early bird registration will be available in February for general admission and student discount tickets. For more information, visit

This event is open to all college students and community members of all genders (eg. male, female, transgender, etc).

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About the South Bay Women’s Conference

The South Bay Women’s Conference strives to create a safe space and environment that promotes learning, expression, and education. By focusing on local women’s intersections, and commonalities, the SBWC hopes to unite individuals of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicity’s, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This event is wheelchair accessible and we strongly encourage those with mobility, visual, or hearing impairment to email for any accommodations.