Meghan Markle is firmly in the headlines thanks to the Royal Wedding, but she is so much more than just her marriage.
In 2016 she became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, visiting Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She worked as an Advocate for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and has even made a presentation at UN Headquarters for the HeforShe gender equality campaign, as well as being the founder of The Tig and an actress in the media. That’s a lot on one woman’s plate.
Here’s what she had to say on her website about success and some of the motivation behind what she does.
1. Speak out on what matters to you.
‘I was just eleven years old when I was in my classroom at Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and a commercial came on for a popular dish washing liquid. The tagline of the campaign said, “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” The boys in my classroom yelled out, “Yeah, that’s where women belong. In the kitchen.”
My little freckled face became red with anger. I went home and wrote letters to powerhouse feminist attorney, Gloria Allred; to a host of a kids news program; to the soup manufacturer; and to Hilary Clinton (who was our First Lady at the time). With the exception of the soap manufacturer, they all pledged support – and within a few months, the commercial was changed to, “People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.”’
2. Get your priorities straight.
‘I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works.’
3. Be comfortable in your own skin.
‘My 20s were brutal – a constant battle with myself, judging my weight, my style, my desire to be as cool/as hip/as smart/as “whatever” as everyone else. My teens were even worse – grappling with how to fit in, and what that even meant.
… I want you to be kind to yourself. I want you to challenge yourself. I want you to stop gossiping, to try a food that scares you, to buy a coffee for someone just because, to tell someone you love them…and then to tell yourself right back. I want you to find your happiness.
I did. And it’s never felt so good.
I am enough.’
4. Set smart goals.
‘My New Year’s resolution is to leave room for magic. To make my plans, and be okay if they sometimes break. To set my goals, but to be open to change. To let the magic know that there is an open door policy with me in 2016 and that it is always welcome to join the party.’
5. Support other women.
‘It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision — because it isn’t enough to simply talk of equality. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. Starting now.’
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