Duchess Meghan shares powerful message during tough times

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  • Duchess Meghan has shared an inspiring quote about the reasons she votes.


    What did duchess Meghan say in her message?

    Meghan said: “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.

    “I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard.

    “And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.

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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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    “One of my favourite quotes, and one that my husband and I have referred to often, is from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the suffragist movement in New Zealand, who said, ‘Do not think your single vote does not matter much.

    “The rain that refreshes that parched ground is made up of single drops.’ That is why I vote.”

    This isn’t the first time the Duchess has spoken out about her passion for women’s rights to vote.

    During a royal tour of New Zealand with Prince Harry in October 2018, the Duchess delivered a speech about feminism at a celebration of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the country.

    She said: “Women’s suffrage is not simply about the right to vote for women, but also about what that represents.

    “The basic and fundamental human right of all people – including members of society who have been marginalised – whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity, or orientation – to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.”

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