Something I really appreciate about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex these days is that they’re not posting any video clips or photos from their virtual conversations when those virtual events involve kids. It’s really smart! Meghan and Harry are not only controlling how the media covers their work and activism, but M&H are also taking pains to not have the kids targeted online or in real life by anti-Sussex trolls or the media. Last week, Meghan convened a roundtable for teenage girls who are making an impact in their communities. The only reason we know about it is because information was posted on Archewell, with none of the girls’ names included. From People:
Meghan Markle recently convened a special roundtable with young girls who are making an impact in their schools and communities. The virtual gathering, which took place earlier this month between the Duchess of Sussex, Girls Inc. and the National Women’s Law Center, gave Meghan the opportunity to hear directly from adolescent girls about their experiences and stories, and to come together to honor and reflect on a long history of women changemakers.
“The Duchess believes girls’ voices can and should be heard, and through Archewell she focuses on providing them with the platforms, tools, and forums to help define a path forward and continue making an impact,” according to the official website for Meghan and Prince Harry’s non-profit organization, Archewell.
Meghan, who is expecting a baby girl this summer, heard from a powerful group of 13- 18-year-olds — primary girls of color — who are making a difference in their communities when it comes to education, social justice and health and wellness.
“The group spoke about everyday struggles during COVID-19, including identity loss and isolation, and larger issues of mental health, racial bias and injustice, and more. When asked what tools girls need to thrive in the year ahead, a common thread emerged: acknowledgement, support, empathy, and resources,” the site continues.
Meghan also reflected on the impact of trailblazing women throughout history, asking the girls to share which female figures have inspired them. “Their answers included American civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, as well as Kala Bagai, one of the first South Asian women to immigrate to the United States in the early 20th century, who was known to many in her California community as ‘Mother India,’ ” according to Archewell.
I bet those young changemakers were thrilled to speak to Meghan and I bet they had lots of questions for her, and they’ll remember the time they did a Zoom with her for the rest of their lives. I’m also so impressed with the youths, specifically the teenage girls who are learning how to organize and engage online and in real life. I didn’t learn how to organize until I was in my 20s, and I’m in awe of how quickly the youths are picking it up and how bold they are. They are the future.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, social media.