March is Women’s History Month: a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in our history and culture. At Marqeta, we are honoring this month in an effort to help to raise awareness against bias and to celebrate the power of women across the world.
Several of our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), including our Women’s Group, RepresentAsian, and HOLA ERGs, are coming together to offer month-long series of virtual events, content recommendations, donation ideas, and more, as a way to celebrate those in our lives who identify as a woman or any underrepresented gender. We recognize the intersectionality of the term “woman” and welcome all Marqetans to join us throughout the month. In the words of this year’s International Women’s Day theme, let’s #breakthebias together!
We’re proud to celebrate Women’s History Month, here are a few ways we’re coming together as a company:
Post-a-Day: Every day we will post light content on activists, non-profits, empowering quotes, and activities to help inspire us throughout the month.
Support women owned businesses: We should be celebrating and supporting women owned businesses all year round, but we’re making an extra effort to do so this month. Check out this Women Owned business locator to find businesses in your area.
#Breakthebias commitment: Everyone can help prevent bias in the workplace, not just women. Want to make a commitment to make the world a better place? We’re sharing how we’re willing to help this month.
Make a donation: Marqetans are encouraged to donate to one of these organizations to show our support for women’s equality in the world and to support the women and families being separated at the border in Ukraine.
- ACLU: Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project pushes for change and systemic reform in institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women, focusing its work in the areas of employment, violence against women, and education.
- Save the Children: Even before this latest escalation of tensions in Ukraine, 2.9 million people, including over 400,000 children, already required humanitarian assistance. Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and their families. Donations to the Children’s Emergency Fund help deliver life-saving aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine.
- Girls Who Code: Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization that aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities
- We’re also encouraging Marqetans to donate to any of the following charities in support of Ukrainian: World Food Program, UNICEF, and Direct Relief
We’ve set up a few events throughout March including our #breakthebias virtual yoga class, ERG-led trivia nights, fireside chats with female leaders, and a motherhood and caregiving panel for all our Marqeta parents.
Thank you to all our ERGs for helping to set up this month of celebration. We are honored to work with so many incredible women who are helping to break the bias within the tech industry, and beyond, every day.