Duchess Meghan & Archewell have joined the Marshall Plan for Moms

It feels like a lot of celebrity women are talking about childcare, the cost of raising children, maternal mental health and the importance of family leave these days. Given that we’re only weeks away from Roe v. Wade being overturned (not to mention Griswold), it feels pointed to discuss how in America, it’s not an easy thing to carry a pregnancy to term and raise a child. The government doesn’t make it easy on women and families. It’s not like America is some utopia where pregnant women and mothers are brilliantly supported by society, local governments, state governments and federal governments. And guess what? It’s about to get a hell of a lot worse for millions of women. In the meantime, the Duchess of Sussex has joined the Marshall Plan for Moms.

Meghan Markle is speaking out for fellow moms. On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex shined a spotlight on the child care crisis in the U.S. — and how it’s not a family issue but a business issue. Meghan has joined the Marshall Plan for Moms in announcing a “National Business Coalition for Child Care,” that includes Meghan and Prince Harry’s Archewell Foundation, with the aim of expanding child care support for workers. The Marshall Plan for Moms is a movement to center mothers in the country’s economic recovery by advocating for policies that support moms.

“Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much,” Meghan, 40, said in a statement. “This has only been heightened by the pandemic, with increased caregiving responsibilities, rising prices, and economic uncertainty.”

“As it’s been said many times, it takes a village to raise a child,” the mom of Archie, 3, and Lilibet, who turns 1 next month, added. “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.”

Marshall Plan for Moms was among a number of organizations that received donations in late 2021 from Meghan and Harry’s Archewell Foundation, it was announced when the family released their Christmas card. The card marked the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a family photo after welcoming daughter Lilibet.

[From People]

Combined with overturning Roe and the inevitable overturn of Griswold, the fact that so many businesses don’t already have plans in place to support their female employees means that businesses never wanted to do this. It’s 2022, you know? While I admire Meghan’s work here and she’s completely right, this is so much bigger than a Marshall Plan for Moms. This is about employers trying to increase their supply of workers, which they consider expendable.

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18 Responses to “Duchess Meghan & Archewell have joined the Marshall Plan for Moms”

  1. Beverley says:

    This is action, and so much better than yammering on about being “broody”.

  2. C-Shell says:

    This is the way to advocate. Strategic alliances, actual money donated and using a prominent platform to amplify the issues and solutions. Things seem hopeless in many ways right now, but the war has to be fought and on all fronts. I admire the Archewell approach, so much.

    • Petra says:

      @C-Shell, I’m impressed with the work done by the Archewell Foundation in just 2 years.

      • C-Shell says:

        @Petra — activist philanthropy, like MacKenzie Scott’s and Melinda Gates’, always impresses me because it effectively targets issues that the public sector just can’t (or won’t). I feel like Archewell, Harry and Meghan are in this category, but they take it to another level. Maybe that’s because they have more personal celebrity and charisma, but they have inspired an entire category of fans to philanthropy as well. That kind of grass roots impact is a boon to all their chosen causes and charities.

    • bananapanda says:

      Timely! Treasury Secretary stated outright, during a Congressional hearing this week, that this will have a devastating impact on the American economy and the health of women and children. When mothers earn more, finish they degrees and can plan children it’s better for the economy and the family. It’s proven economics.

  3. ThatsNotOkay says:

    The United States is founded on government of the willing. I’m no longer willing to have my rights, as a woman, be infringed upon or “overturned.” The government needs to wake up, because the populous that makes America is over it.

  4. KFG says:

    Businesses won’t have workers if childcare isn’t affordable. It’s cheaper to stay home than to work in many cases. Pushing the responsibility of assisting families with paying for childcare onto companies and corporations is a great way to force congress to legislate support.

    • Sid says:

      “It’s cheaper to stay home than to work in many cases.”

      Exactly. I’m sure many of us have heard at least one couple say that one parent is basically working to pay for daycare. And the burden on a single parent can be especially huge. This needs to be sorted out now.

  5. kelleybelle says:

    How long before they accuse Meghan and Archewell of “encroaching on Kate’s territory,” lol.

  6. Over it says:

    In the words of Spider-Man uncle, with great power comes great responsibility and she completely gets that. Duchess mcbuttons should copy the work ethic and using her platform for helping and not only copy the clothes.

  7. Colby says:

    HOW DARE Meghan even mention children!!! She is pulling focus from The Duchess Catherine of Cambridge who has been keen to be interested in childhood development for 10 years, having done one, unscientific, 5 question survey that one time that lead to absolutely no action or change.

  8. Cel2495 says:

    Brava!

  9. Lusaka mummy says:

    Wonderful… beautiful. Go squccess Meghan.

  10. Sunnee says:

    My employer- government agency- closed the childcare center it used to have. It closed prior to me working there. I tried to re-open it a few years ago. One of the dunces in charge- a woman- cited the Oklahoma bombing. The conversation was shut down. Even though the bombing occurred two decades before I asked for a workgroup to look at reopening it. And as far as I know OKC was the only time a gift agency was bombed. The chances are slim to none.
    It was really disappointing

  11. L4Frimaire says:

    This is so timely. I think they are trying to appeal to economics because many politicians and businesses aren’t listening to the pleas for decency and sound public policy. This plan was in the works before the leak on overturning Roe, so hope it addresses the urgency of the situation. It seems like this crazy push to ban abortion, Burt control and punish women is to get them out of the workforce. It’s disheartening but policies like this are important. Meghan continues to work and support causes that are important to her and Archewell’s mission and she is consistent in that support for working mothers.

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