Meghan Markle tells fans to 'use their voice' as she shares unseen snaps to celebrate International Women's Day
MEGHAN Markle has shared a series of black and white snaps of her visit to the Robert Clack school in celebration of International Women’s Day today.
The Duchess of Sussex visited the Dagenham school on Friday where sheurged pupils to “stand up for your rights” in her first speech since Megxit marking IWD.
And to mark the occasion, the mum-of-one shared a selection of photos of her visit on her and Prince Harry’s official Instagram account SussexRoyal today.
Captioning the post, Meghan applauded those who "stood up for something."
It read: "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."
The post went on to quote Meghan, saying: "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.”
It finished: "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."
Earlier today she also shared a clip from her visit to the school where she can be seen being cheered by the school kids.
In the video Meghan can be seen arriving at the school where she is met by applauding fans before later receiving a standing ovation for her powerful talk.
It also shows footage of Meg speaking to children about what Internation Women’s Day means to them.
The video was captioned: “Happy International Women’s Day! Here, a glimpse of The Duchess’ visit to the Robert Clack School to hear from the students on what IWD means to them, and how we can all uplift one another.
“Tag an inspiring woman in your life and tell us what #IWD2020 means to you.
“More behind the scenes moments coming soon…”
The post has received almost a million likes already this morning, as royal fans tagged the inspirational women in their lives.
Speaking on Friday, Meghan told students: “No matter how small you might feel, 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.”
What is International Women's Day?
International <strong>Women's Day is set to take place on Sunday, March 8, 2020, with millions of people around the world taking part in marches and rallies.</strong>
The theme this year is #EachforEqual, drawn from the notion of Collective Individualism.
The official IWD website describes the theme as: "We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.
"Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world.
"An equal world is an enabled world.
"Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
"We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
"Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world."
She added: “I encourage and empower each of you to really stand in your truth, to stand for what is right.”
Meghan also urged the boys at Robert Clack School in Dagenham, East London, to “value, appreciate and protect” the women in their lives.
They were also asked to set a good example for “some men who are not seeing it the same way”.
Meghan and Harry, 35, are on their final round of engagements before quitting royal life with ten-month-old Archie.
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