Meghan Markle Honored 125 Years of Women's Suffrage in New Zealand. Watch Her Powerful Speech
It’s no secret that Meghan Markle was a champion for feminism long before she became British royalty, and a large focus of her philanthropic work has been female empowerment. So it was fitting that she gave a speech on feminism as part of the royal tour of Oceania.
After arriving in New Zealand on Sunday, Meghan (and Harry) stopped by a welcoming reception at Government House in Wellington. The occasion was also to honor 125 years of women's suffrage in the country. (Fun fact: In 1893, New Zealand actually became the first country to grant it.)
"Bravo New Zealand for championing the right of women to vote 125 years ago." ? The Duchess of Sussex, as she and The Duke joined PM @JacindaArdern and @GovGeneralNZ Dame Patsy Reddy to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/zpFhyPiE8r? Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 28, 2018
In her delivery, Markle touched on not only the right to vote, but also women’s suffrage as a representation of fairness for all people. Unsurprisingly, the speech was both intelligent and moving, and we can’t help but share our favorite part:
“The basic and fundamental human right of all people—including members of society who have been marginalized, whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation, to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.
So bravo New Zealand for championing this right 125 years ago—for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote, and for all of the people who this effort has paved the way for globally.
We all deeply thank you.
In the words of your suffragette Kate Sheppard, “All that separates, whether race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.’”