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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating International Women’s Day in an empowering way.

The engaged couple met with girls participating in the Stemettes program, a social enterprise aimed at encouraging girls to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in Birmingham, England, today, and praised them for pursuing their passions. 

Wearing a J.Crew coat, black cropped Alexander Wang trousers and a white AllSaints sweater, Markle commended the girls for their work, saying, “I love being here to see this on International Women’s Day. You’re using your brain in a really challenging way.”

The feminist royal-to-be also expressed admiration for a trio of girls who told her they aspire to be a “surgeon, doctor and doctor,” respectively. Markle gave another group of girls her royal seal of approval, saying, “It’s cool that you’re so interested in tech. That’s really impressive.”

Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, chief executive officer of Stemettes, applauded the future duchess for her hands-on approach, saying, “How many photos do you have of princesses doing technical things? You barely see pictures of women doing technical things, let alone princesses. You can’t be what you can’t see. To see her do it and see that she’s enjoying it, it sends a message.”

Cheers to Meghan Markle for eschewing gender (and royal) norms and looking classy as hell while doing it.  

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