It wouldn’t have been International Women’s Day without a word or two from Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, one of the most vocal feminists out there right now. Luckily for us, we got more than just a few words from the duchess, who was one of five panelists who spoke on feminist issues at King’s College London on Friday, March 8. The adorable pregnant royal, 37, looked absolutely stunning in a stylish monochrome outfit and her words gave us hope for the future ahead. Scroll through the gallery to see Meg’s panel look and read some panel quotes from the insightful duchess.
The duchess was one of five on “a special panel of female thought-leaders and activists to discuss a range of issues affecting women today,” according to the original announcement for the panel on Kensington Palace’s official Twitter account.
“I think the idea of feminism and whatever stigmatization surrounds that word in and of itself … making it global feminism changes that conversation immediately,” the duchess said of women making their voices heard in videos obtained by InStyle.
“But for men to understand they can be feminists as well, I mean, I think when we talk about gender stereotypes shifting, what it means to be masculine, what it means to be feminine,” she touched on some perspectives that need changing. “You know, I’ve said for a long time, you can be feminine and a feminist.”
“Your strength includes knowing your vulnerabilities,” she continued. “And your sense of self and security, your confidence, comes in knowing that a woman by your side isn’t something you should feel threatened about, but as opposed to that, you should feel really empowered in having that additional support, that this is really about us working together.”
“This is our power and our strength as a team. So… and that’s gender neutral if you really think about it. So I hope that men are part of the conversation. My husband certainly is,” she revealed. Harry the feminist forever!
The duchess did throw in a bit of her signature wit amongst the serious talk, though. “I’ve actually been joking in the past few weeks, I had seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism and one of the things they said during pregnancy is, ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism,’” she laughed.
“I loved that, so boy or girl, or whatever it is, we hope that’s the case,” she revealed. We too would love the royal baby to be the most feminist-y feminist to ever feminist. It would really just be the icing on the cake of what is already such a kind and conscious family.
“So for me, I think the idea of making the word feminism trendy, that doesn’t make any sense to me personally, right? This is something that is going to be part of the conversation forever,” she explained. We love that she thinks big picture and we can’t wait to see more from her on these topics. Go Meg!