If a royal offers a direct statement, then we always pay attention, and the latest comes from Meghan Markle, who offered her personal take on why there need to be increased childcare benefits in the workforce.

On Tuesday, the Marshall Plan for Moms—a national organization dedicated to helping mothers succeed economically in the wake of the pandemic—published a new report titled, "The Business Case for Child Care: How Parent-Focused Employee Value Propositions Help Companies Win the War for Talent." The article advocates for better childcare benefits for working parents, and among the many voices that contributed, one of the quotes comes from none other than the Duchess of Sussex.

“Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much,” Markle says in the article, where she is cited as a mother of two and also the co-founder of the Archewell foundation.

“This has only been heightened by the pandemic, with increased caregiving responsibilities, rising prices, and economic uncertainty,” Markle continued. “As it's been said many times, it takes a village to raise a child. Today, we're sending a message that childcare isn't just a community imperative—it's a business imperative. Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families.”

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This isn't the first time that Markle has advocated for women in the workforce. Back in April, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted a statement to their Archewell site, which used a report from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) to highlight the effect of the pandemic on women.

“While men have returned to the workforce at pre-pandemic levels, the report finds 1.1 million fewer women are in the labor force today than in February 2020,” the statement said. “NWLC also draws on new, national survey data to detail the disproportionate mental, economic, and health burdens on women — particularly among Black women, Latinas, and other women of color, who as a result of the pandemic, are more likely to be managing caregiving responsibilities, navigating loss of household income, dealing with food insecurity, and battling mental health struggles.”

Following this statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex linked to an action page, where readers could find helpful resources to aid women around the world.

Keep using your voice to bring light to these issues, Meghan.

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