From Meghan’s highly-discussed fashion choices to cute interactions with local children and the official start of #bumpwatch, the visit of the Royal couple to Australia and New Zealand has been all over the news.
But Meghan Markle is not just a fashion icon, she is also a firm advocate for women’s rights and a self-proclaimed feminist. Last Sunday marked the 125th anniversary of the women’s vote in New Zealand (New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections in 1893), an anniversary which Markle celebrated in a powerful feminist speech. Noteworthy as well was the presence in the room of Prime Minister Jacinda Adhern, who made history last month after bringing her baby daughter into the United Nations assembly hall.
"Bravo New Zealand for championing the right of women to vote 125 years ago." — The Duchess of Sussex, as she and The Duke joined PM @JacindaArdern and @GovGeneralNZ Dame Patsy Reddy to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/zpFhyPiE8r— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 28, 2018
Acknowledging how New Zealand led the way in the fight for women’s political rights, the Duchess of Sussex praised:
“The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired…Bravo New Zealand, for championing this right 125 years ago—for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote, and for all of the people that this effort has paved the way for globally.”
Human rights is a topic which Markle is dedicated to, and she previously talked about feminism at a 2015 celebration of International Women’s Day at the United Nations, in her position as women's advocate.
The Duchess’s reflection on what the vote represents beyond mere political rights, ie. “the basic and fundamental human right of all people—including members of society who have been marginalized—whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity, or orientation—to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community” was met with unanimous appraisal online. Of one thing we're sure: the Royal Baby is bound to be raised a true feminist!