Meghan Markle has always been known for using her voice to empower women, which is why it makes sense she will continue to do so even after marrying into the Royal Family and being 8 months pregnant – or perhaps, even more so now.
Yesterday, for International Women’s Day, the Duchess of Sussex joined a panel discussion which was hosted by King’s College London, aimed to address the “obstacles [that] still affect female empowerment across the world, including access to education and limitations within employment.”
She was joined on the panel by musician and activist Annie Lennox, Adwoa Aboah (model and activist), Julia Gillard (former Prime Minister of Australia), Chrisann Jarrett (founder of Let Us Learn), and Angeline Murimirwa (executive director of Campaign for Female Education). The chair for the panel was Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of the Economist.
Duchess Meghan, who was sitting front and center, said: “If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice and an inequality, someone needs to say something — and why can’t it be you?”
She added that we “must be global feminists and include men and boys,” while Gillard said that the way to be more inclusive globally is to “talk about how gender equality gives everybody more choices and more options.”
“It is so important that we constantly have new people coming through, shaping new ideas and finding solutions for all,” Jarrett said.
After the panel discussion, Meghan made a stop to walk across the quad at King’s College London, where she greeted the students. One of them, a 21-year-old history student named Aneesha Aslam said that Meghan asked them “what we are doing for International Women’s Day and we said we were celebrating it with the women that we love. And she said, ‘Yes, we should.’ ”
“I love her,” the student added. “She is an inspiration and shows how progressive the monarchy has become and how society is changing.”
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, whose aim is to support, fund and unite young leaders around the world, announced on social media on Friday that Meghan would be stepping in as Vice-President for QCT, while her husband Harry is the president.
“In her role as Vice-President of QCT, The Duchess of Sussex will highlight our partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular our work supporting women and girls,” the QCT said.
You can watch the panel here:
Source: The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
If you followed Meghan before her life as a royal began, you’ll know that she began advocating for women’s rights long before now. She even gave a speech at a U.N. Women’s conference in New York City in 2015 about gender equality.
“I am extremely proud to stand before you on this significant day, which serves as a reminder to all of us of how far we’ve come, but also amid celebration a reminder of the road ahead,” she said at the time. “It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision — because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together.”