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Meghan Markle Joins Speaking Lineup For Gender & Politics Summit

Meghan Markle Joins Speaking Lineup For Gender & Politics Summit
August 6, 2020 - 19:59 / Lucas Anderson

Meghan Markle's next event is confirmed! On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex was announced as a speaker at The 19th* Represents 2020 Virtual Summit. She will appear at the Aug. 14 event in a conversation with the summit's co-founder and CEO Emily Ramshaw. Here's what you need to know about Meghan's upcoming speaking engagement.

Meghan Markle will perform a critical role when she participates in her next speaking engagement.

On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex was announced as a speaker with The 19th* Represents 2020 Virtual Summit. She joins an already high-profile lineup of speakers, and will close out the event by interviewing its co-founder and CEO Emily Ramshaw.

Meghan Markle's new speaking appearance revealed

The summit broke the news of Meghan's role on Thursday morning. "The Duchess will join us on our final day of programming, Friday, Aug. 14, for a conversation with our co-founder and CEO @eramshaw," The 19th wrote on Twitter.

The summit added that the Duchess and Ramshaw's conversation will follow the week of speeches by notable women in politics, including Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kamala Harris, voting rights activists, and women in business such as Melinda Gates.

Meghan's role will be to inquire about the work being done by The 19th, a nonprofit newsroom that describes itself as operating "at the intersection of gender, politics and policy."

"Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, will turn the tables on The 19th, interviewing [Ramshaw] about our mission to create a transformative newsroom centered on gender equity," the summit said.

Duchess Meghan to serve as interviewer at The 19th summit

To watch the Aug. 14 conversation live, you can register online for individual days of the summit. Meghan and Emily Ramshaw's talk concludes the summit on Day 5, devoted to talk "On Race and Gender" and the future of the U.S.

The 2020 edition of the summit marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The nonprofit, however, was founded to democratically empower women of colour who were neglected in the amendment, which is indicated in the summit's asterisk ("The 19th*").

The Aug. 14 gender equity conversation will be Meghan's latest speaking venture—albeit as a moderator—after she last participated in the 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit in mid-July. Since stepping down as working royals, Meghan and Prince Harry have transitioned to speaking roles while continuing to work selectively with their charities.