Meghan Markle Says These 2 Women Inspire Her to Use Her Voice

Meghan Markle used her role as the Duchess of Sussex to be a role model. She supported many charities under royal auspices. Even though the Duke Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties, they started another nonprofit called Archewell

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The duchess is encouraging the next generation of women to make the world a better place too. She recorded a video message for Girl Up’s 2020 Leadership Summit which streamed July 14. During her nine minute speech, Markle named two other women she considers inspirations to use her voice and make change. Read what she said below and watch the full speech at 1:21 into the Leadership Summit program.

This man is an inspiration too

Markle gave props to two female leaders below, but women need not look only to other women for inspiration. The duchess wants people to speak up about injustice, but to do so with compassion, like the Dalai Lama.

“Now, compassion doesn’t mean we shuldn’t feel outrage when you see blatant injustice all around us,” Markle said. “Of course we should. But I challenge you broaden that feeling. The Dalai Lama famously said, ‘Compassion is the radicalism of our time.’ Compassion means seeing the pain and suffering of others and knowing that it’s our duty to try to help relieve it.”

2 Women Meghan Markle sees as examples of using their voices

In her speech, Markle praised the members of Girl Up who have led Black Lives Matter protests and made public service videos encouraging others to fight for change too. The duchess wants to see change in government, business and institutions so she named two women who are doing just that. 

“We can take inspiration from women like Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who brought New Zealand together swiftly and boldly tackled COVID-19,” Markle said. “Or there’s Maya Moore, the WNBA star who sat out from professional basketball since 2019 to free a man who served 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.”

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New Zealand has seen decreased numbers for COVID-19 that allows them to reopen. Moore helped Jonathan Irons overturn his 50 year sentence. Irons had already served 22 of them. 

“Those are just two examples,” Markle said. “As you all know there are so many others.”

The next steps

Markle said she gave Girl Up a similar speech to the one she gave the graduating class of Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School, her alma mater, in June. She is encouraged by the values she sees young people live, and hopes to encourage their next steps.

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“Believing in true equality is not enough,” Markle said. “It’s going to take more than belief. We have to work for it every day. Even when it’s hard, even when it makes oethers feel uneasy, we have to speak up for ourselves and we have to speak out for others who struggle to be heard. Like them, I know all of you will use your voices courageously and I also know that all of you will use your voices compassionately.”