Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

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Meghan Markle continues to be a role kind.

Ahead of International Women’s Day (which is on March 8), the Duchess of Sussex used her well-known particular person platform to spread a just right and empowering message about championing for gender and racial equality.

On Friday, Meghan visited the Robert Clack Upper School in east London, where she impressed all the students to uplift, support and feature amusing women.

“It is such an honor for me to be here today,” she began her speech. “When we thought about what I wanted to do for International Women’s Day this year, for me, it was incredibly important to be with the women of our future. And that is all of you young women here, as well as you, the young men, who play a very large part in this.”

Meghan recognized the school’s location moreover carried out the most important place, taking into account it’s inside the home of Dagenham.

For some backstory: in 1968, the sewing machinists strike made waves throughout the district, consistent with The Guardian.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex


The boycott led to many female staff at the Ford Motor Plant combat for identical pay. This movement moreover led to a women trades unionist demonstration throughout the capital’s Trafalgar Square. By 1970, Britain’s Equal Pay Act was once as soon as born.

“I think specifically coming to your school made a lot of sense for me because of this social justice and the impact that it’s rooted in,” Meghan shared.

She urged students to not best possible use their voice on International Women’s Day… then again all 12 months round.

“It’s not just on Sunday, not just on International Women’s Day, but everyday… to remember the value that we all bring to the table,” she outlined.

“Being in Dagenham is incredibly profound. Because as you can see with Geraldine and the other women who had the strength to really stand up for something that they knew needed to be done,” she persisted. “… Is the best example of no matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what color you are, no matter what gender you are—you have a voice, and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right.”

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

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Meghan wasn’t the only one to speak that day. She asked if any “brave” more youthful men need to proportion any remarks for the national holiday.

“Who wants to come and say what he thinks the importance of International Women’s Day is,” she asked. “I know there’s going to be one of you!”

16-year-old Aker Okoye stood up and went to the podium to speak out.

The former Suits celebrity outlined her reasoning for mentioning a male scholar to the podium.

“I think that is the point, in many societies it doesn’t matter where you are, it’s very easy to sometimes compartmentalise or silo this idea of International Women’s Day solely being about women,” she said. “But it’s not… it’s about all of us.”

She moreover impressed the more youthful male students to stick respecting the women in their lives.

“For young men, to continue to value and appreciate the women in your lives, and also set the example for some men who are not seeing it that same way,” she shared. “You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life—protect them. Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe.”

“What’s really key for all of you to remember, is especially looking at the people who paved the way for you to get to this point in your lives to be able to have the access that you do,” Meghan expressed. “It’s not just an opportunity to continue that, it’s a responsibility.”

She added, “I encourage and empower each of you to really stand in your truth, to stand for what is right… to continue to respect each other.”

In the overall words of Meghan, “Let’s all rally together to make International Women’s Day something that is not just on Sunday… but frankly, feels like every day of the year.”