Called When We All Vote, the initiative was created by the former First Lady to “increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap,” according to the website. As for the Duchess of Sussex’s role, she will appear in a live-streamed “Couch Party” to commemorate the centennial of the 19th amendment (the one prohibiting states from denying women the right to vote). Markle will be joined by Valerie Jarrett, Yvette Nicole Brown, Samantha Barry and Diamond Kuts.
The virtual event, which takes place at 5 p.m. E/T, will not only honor this amendment, but will also “celebrate the women of color who have fought to make the promise of the 19th Amendment a reality for ALL women, and highlight the need to expand voting rights for marginalized communities."
“I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless,” Markle told the outlet. “I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard. And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.”
“One of my favorite quotes, and one that my husband and I have referred to often, is from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the suffragist movement in New Zealand, who said, 'Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops,'” she continued. “That is why I vote.”
If you’re interested in attending today’s event, RSVP here. We’ll see you on the couch, Meghan.