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Meghan Markle Delivers Empowering Speech To Mark International Women’s Day

Meghan Markle shares empowering message to mark International Women's Day
March 8, 2020 - 18:02 / Laura Pérez

Meghan Markle visited a school in Dagenham East London, where she shared a powerful message to mark International Women’s Day. The place is particularly special in regards of women’s rights, since 50 years ago a group of female workers won their battle on demanding equal pay. Get all the details here…

Today’s International Women’s Day and Meghan Markle shared an empowering message to mark the occasion. The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to Robert Clack upper school in Dagenham, East London, where she encouraged students to stand up for themselves.

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“No matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matther what colour 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 said.

See the pictures of Meghan’s visit to Robert Clack school here:

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50 years ago, women in Britain won the right to equal pay. That monumental moment began with one courageous and inspiring group of women in a factory in Dagenham, England. In 1968, facing a pay settlement that declared them less skilled than men, the sewing machinists of the Ford Motor Company walked out on strike. In the face of great pressure, they stood firm, and two years later the UK Parliament was forced to pass the Equal Pay Act, protecting and supporting working women ever since. To mark International Women's Day, The Duchess of Sussex visited Dagenham to meet with Geraldine Dear, one of the strikers, and spend time with students at the Robert Clack Upper School to meet the town's next generation of female role models, and talk to young women and men about the women who inspire them. • "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. This 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 colour 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." - The Duchess of Sussex A lifetime advocate and campaigner for gender equity, The Duchess joined a special assembly to celebrate this remarkable local story, as well as recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women around the world. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2020 #EachForEqual Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton

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Meghan Markle shares empowering message to mark International Women’s Day

During her final round of royal engagements in the United Kingdom, Meghan spoke to 700 students and said there was no better way to mark International Women’s Day than spending time with the “women of the future.” She added that “coming to your school made a lot of sense,” since Dagenham is the place where a group of female sewing machinists held a strike in 1968, in order to demand equal pay. They won their battle two years later.

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Meghan Markle also encouraged young men to value and appreciate the women in their lives, and to set the example for those men who might not see it in the same way. “You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life – protect them. Make sure they are feeling valued and safe,” she added.