Ahead of her appearance today at The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust panel celebrating International Women’s Day to discuss obstacles to equality and opportunity, it was announced that Meghan Markle is now Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust working alongside Prince Harry who is the President. It is yet another indication of the confidence that the royal family has in how she’s performed her duties so far and the potential that she can fulfill, particularly in service of a younger demographic. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust specifically works with young leaders as they engage with their immediate communities and beyond.
Joining Meghan on today’s panel were Annie Lennox, Adwoa Aboah, former Australian PM Julia Gillard, Chrisann Jarrett of Let Us Learn, and Angeline Murimirwa, executive director of Campaign for Female Education. Kensington Palace previously confirmed in a statement that the panel would be discussing “the importance of International Women’s Day, and the spotlight it can bring to obstacles which still affect female empowerment across the world, including access to education and limitation to employment”. They also talked about the social benefit of equality, not just to women but to everyone. As Royal Meghan said during the discussion, “We must be global feminists and include men and boys.” In other words, men should be and are feminists and men’s lives are also improved by feminism with economic growth that enhances living conditions and social growth that can expand opportunities for all of us to achieve the lifestyles and identities that we aspire to.
Which is why Meghan and Harry are already raising a feminist. When asked today “how’s that’s bump treating you”, this was her response:
“The embryonic kicking of feminism” is a GREAT quote. It’s another example of how quick and skilled and articulate she is at these events, of how she shows her work.
After the panel, Meghan stopped briefly for a quick walkabout to meet with students. Like I keep saying, there are the old timey f-cks who keep handwringing and hating, and then there’s this: her base, the youth. And her base will keep growing.