Meghan Markle Cleverly Honored Women on International Women’s Day with her Wardrobe

Meghan Markle is embarking on her new, post-royal life. While there are a lot of unknowns about her future, it is certain that she will continue dedicating her time to causes that matter to her. Over the past several weeks, Markle made a slew of final royal appearances, often wearing snazzy designer clothing. During one of her last appearances, which took place on International Women’s Day, Markle made a grand statement when she stepped out wearing an outfit that definitely got fans talking.

Meghan Markle is committed to women’s causes

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Meghan Markle has long been dedicated to women’s rights, even long before she was married to Prince Harry. When she was a teenager, Markle took a stand against a commercial that she perceived as sexist. Her convictions earned her the attention of Hillary Clinton, and ultimately, the commercial was altered. All throughout college, Markle worked with various charitable organizations, and in 2014, she began working with UN Women.

Many people believe that Markle and Prince Harry bonded initially over their shared love for doing good in the world. It didn’t take long before she was by his side at royal appearances, speaking out on behalf of women’s rights and better education opportunities for the disadvantaged. Even during her pregnancy with her son, Archie Harrison, Markle was hard at work on various projects, showing that she wanted to tackle her royal role on her own terms. Even after the announcement that Markle and Prince Harry would be retiring from royal life, she continued to support her favorite causes.

Meghan Markle’s recent stylish visit

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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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During one of her final appearances in early March, Markle visited a school in East London to meet with students and discuss the importance of women’s empowerment. The event was held on International Women’s Day, and it’s no surprise that Markle’s outfit reflected the significance of the day. Not only did she make an impression on the students gathered there, but as fans and reporters were quick to note, Markle wore only female designers during her visit.

Her monochromatic outfit included a blazer by the fashion house ME+EM, a luxury label founded by Claire Hornby in 2009, shoes by Jennifer Chamandi Lorenzo, and a cream-colored handbag designed by Rejina Pyo. Fashion is very important to Markle and during her time with the royal family, she has often been regarded as one of the best-dressed women in the circle. Therefore, it is even more impressive that she chose to represent female designers with her stylish, simple outfit. 

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Meghan Markle’s Smart Works clothing line

There have been several times over the years when Meghan Markle has directly tied in her love of women’s rights causes with her affection for fashion. In late 2019, only a few months after she gave birth to baby Archie, Markle curated a special line of womenswear basics designed to benefit the Smart Works charity. The charity was founded with the intention of helping women find jobs and dress appropriately for interviews. 

Markle’s collection consisted of five pieces, from a shift dress to a simple blazer and pants. As Markle stated in an interview from the launch, she was excited by the opportunity to help other women grow in confidence through work-appropriate, stylish clothing. 

There will surely be more opportunities for Meghan Markle to continue helping women as she begins a new life away from the royals. Her platform might be slightly different than it was before, but it will no doubt still be a prominent one.