Actress, feminist and soon-to-be royal, Meghan Markle is the full package. And while she was first known for her portrayal as sassy Rachel Zane in the US drama, Suits, this #girlboss has achieved much more than a spin-off reality show and self-titled perfume. Much more.
As ambassador of World Vision (Canada’s chief global relief organisation) Meghan has helped deliver clean water to remote Rwandan villages, has pushed for gender equality in India and is a UN speaker of women’s rights. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
So, to help you learn more about our future royal (come on, we’re all curious!), we’ve gathered some of her most inspirational quotes. From feminism to identity issues, here’s why we think Meghan Markle sparkles.
On being a role model:
“With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility—to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire”, (Elle, 2016).
“Being a feminist and being feminine are not mutually exclusive”, (Create & Cultivate, 2016).
On women’s rights:
“Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential. So it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for our voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision making”, (International Women’s Day, 2015).
On her work ethic:
“I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches; I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work feeds my soul”, (ELLE, 2016).
On female empowerment:
“I hear a lot of people saying, when talking about girls’ empowerment and women as well, you’ll often hear people saying, ‘You’re helping them find their voices’, I fundamentally disagree with that. Women don’t need to find their voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen”, (Glamour, 2016).
On committing to causes:
“Don’t give it five minutes if you’re not going to give it five years”, (Create & Cultivate, 2016).
On women’s activism:
“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 about 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”, (International Women’s Day, 2015).
“If we treated ourselves as well as we treat our best friend it would just be so much better. When you see your girlfriends and you hear all this self-shaming and all this criticism and you just stop and say ‘Hey, that’s my friend you’re talking about, stop!’ And if we did that for ourselves that along would create a very different energy”, (Dove self-esteem workshop, 2015).
“You need to know that you’re enough. A mantra that has now engrained itself so deeply within me that not a day goes by without hearing it chime in my head. That five pounds lost won’t make you happier, that more makeup won’t make you prettier, that the now iconic saying from Jerry Maguire–’You complete me’–frankly, isn’t true. You are complete with or without a partner. You are enough just as you are”, (The Tig, 2014).
“Make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You push for colour-blind casting; you draw your own box. You introduce yourself as who you are, not what colour your parents happen to be”, (Elle, 2016).
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