Sunday was International Women’s Day, and to celebrate, Meghan Markle gave a surprise speech to 700 students between 11-years-old and 18-years-old.
While she has been spending much of her time in Canada, she was recently back in the UK to take care of a few things, as at the end of this month, Meghan’s royal responsibilities will come to an end.
Meghan decided to pay a visit to the students of the Robert Clack School, located in Dagenham, for a very important reason.
“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,” a post on Instagram from Sussex Royal explained.
“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,” Meghan said in the Instagram post.
Instagram; Meghan says hello to some of the students, above
“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 color 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.”
While at the school, Meghan spoke about topics that are important to her, and she also outlined her reason for stopping by the school on Sunday.
“When we thought about what I wanted to do for International Women’s Day this year, for me it was incredibly important to be with the women of our future,” Meghan said in her speech to the students.
“And that is all of the young women here, as well as the young men who play a very large part in this.”
“I encourage and empower each of you to really stand in your truth, to stand for what is right – to continue to respect each other.”
Instagram; Meghan is pictured above with some of the students
“For young men, to continue to value and appreciate the women in your lives, and also set the example for some men who are not seeing it that same way.”
“You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life – protect them.”
“Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe.”
“Let’s all rally together to make International Women’s Day something that is not just on Sunday – but frankly, feels like every day of the year.”
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