- Meghan Markle attended the Queen Commonwealth Trust's International Women's Day panel today with fellow women activists and leaders.
- She discussed how men and boys can also be feminists, and how we can take action to support women.
- The Duchess of Sussex has been known to be a women's advocate even before joining the royal family.
This morning, Meghan Markle participated in a panel hosted by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, which featured various women leaders and activists for a discussion for International Women's Day. The Duchess of Sussex, has long been known to be a vocal advocate for women's issues; today's event just shows how she's continuing to embrace her passion as a member of the royal family.
Other panelists included model and Gurls Talk founder Adwoa Aboah, musician and founder of The Circle NGO Annie Lennox, Global Institute for Women's Leadership Chair Julia Gillard, Let Us Learn founder Chrisann Jarrett, and CAMFED Executive Director Angeline Murimirwa.
The Duchess of Sussex has made statements or brief speeches about the importance of empowering and educating women during past royal engagements, but today, she was really able to make her voice be heard with fellow change-makers.
The group spoke at a private discussion at King's College London, and unfortunately there was no live stream, but some attendees and royal reporters did share nuggets of wisdom from the duchess. Here are some of her standout quotes:
On standing up for each other:
"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?"
"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?" - QCT Vice-President, HRH The Duchess of Sussex @KensingtonRoyal #IWDxQCT #BalanceForBetter #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/Ww5eC2o0iW- Queen's CW Trust (@queenscomtrust) March 8, 2019
On how feminism shouldn't only include women:
"I agree with [Annie Lennox] that we must be global feminists and include men and boys."
On how boys can help:
"If you have boys as part of the conversation as well, you're moving the needle in a different way because they're not mimicking learned behavior that could be incredibly sabotaging for young girls' potential."
The Duchess of Sussex @queenscomtrust of making the word feminism trendy doesn’t make any sense to me personally. This is something that’s going to be part of the conversation forever…I think that men and boys should be part of the conversation” #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/Ah5SOZdujF- Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) March 8, 2019
On the importance of girls' education:
"It’s not just about girls going to school and becoming smart women, it’s knowing that those smart girls become influential women and that ends up changing the world for the better."
“If you have young boys as part of this conversation, you’re moving the needle in a different way…It’s not just about girls going to school and becoming smart women, it’s knowing that those smart girls become influential women and that ends up changing the world for the better.”- Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) March 8, 2019
On taking real action:
"Hashtags are not enough."
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