International Women's Day, observed on March 8th, serves as a call to action for gender equality across the globe. Being a female-founded organization at FOLIO, we are passionate about gender equality and empowering women at any stage in life. International Women's Day envisions a world where every woman and girl has the opportunity to thrive without bias, stereotypes, or discrimination. This day is not just a celebration of the achievements of women but also a reminder to raise awareness about the systemic discrimination that persists.

International Women's Day coincided with the first day of South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, where FOLIO calls home. Our team marked the occasion by attending various community events.

Our day began with the Equitech ATX Breakfast, a gathering dedicated to fostering inclusivity in the tech scene. It was an inspiring morning filled with connections among founders, funders, and tech innovators, all united by the goal of creating a more inclusive tech industry.

The afternoon was full of a variety of powerful female-centered events, including a workshop hosted by three female finance leaders on mastering your funding journey as a female entrepreneur and a panel discussion hosted by the Dell Women's Entrepreneurship Network and Beyond the Billion that focused on the need to deploy capital in a more equitable fashion. Currently, only 1.8% of venture capital funds go to women-founded startups. We must work to change that number!

Emily Gupton, FOLIO's COO, planned a collaborative event with Austin Women in Technology and the Google Women Techmakers Austin that highlighted different amazing female machine learning and AI engineers in the space.

We rounded out the evening at an intimate panel discussion of female business leaders at Soho House to celebrate female founders and the launch of the Ayana Foundation, a non-profit aimed at educating and providing resources to female entrepreneurs in Austin and beyond.

All in all, it was a powerful day for Team FOLIO. By embracing the theme of #InspireInclusion, International Women's Day challenges us to take concrete actions toward forging women's equality, encouraging us to recognize and celebrate the differences that make our world vibrant and dynamic.

Collage of photos from events attended during International Women's Day.
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