Meghan Markle Shows Her Support for #metoo, Time's up and Women's Empowerment
By Erica Gonzales
February 28, 2018
Meghan Markle has a long history of being an ardent feminist (she was battling sexist advertising at the age of 11) and now she's using her new royal platform to promote women's rights and women's empowerment around the world.
During her appearance at the Royal Foundation Forum today (her first official engagement with Kate Middleton and Prince William), the former actress spoke passionately about encouraging women to use their voices, using anti-sexual harassment movements like #MeToo and Time's Up as examples.
"What's interesting is that I hear a lot of people saying when speaking about girls' empowerment, finding and knowing their worth, and women's empowerment as well, you'll often hear people say, 'You're helping women find their voices.' And I fundamentally disagree with that, because women don't need to find a voice; they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.
"And I think right now in the climate that we're seeing so many campaigns, I mean, Me Too and Time's Up, there is no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really having to support them—men included in that. It makes such a tremendous difference."
Markle's impassioned comments are refreshing to hear from an incoming member of the royal family, especially since protocol forbids royals from expressing their political views. For example, Middleton didn't participate in the all-black dress code supporting Time's Up at the BAFTAs last week. Instead, she wore a dark green gown to avoid making a political statement, which inevitably sparked controversy.
It'll be interesting to see how Markle will balance or combine her positions as an activist and new royal as she continues to define her role as a future duchess.