The Duchess of Sussex has told women that if they don't vote they are "complicit" in the problems surrounding US politics.
The royal shared a video message as part of the When All Women Vote Couch Party, a livestream event in which influential women urged the nation to vote in the forthcoming US election in November. The duchess said we must consider the sacrifices of our predecessors, as well as future generations when it comes to showing up at the polls.
"When I think about voting and and why this is so exceptionally important for all of us, I would frame it as: We vote to honour those who came before us and to protect those who come after us," said the duchess. "That's what community is about and that is specifically what this election is all about. We're only 75 days away from election day and that is so very close and yet there's so much work to be done in that amount of time."
Meghan highlighted this week's 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave white women the right to vote. Black women were not entitled to voting rights until nearly half a century later in 1965.
"As we look at things today, though it's taken decades longer for women of colour to get the right to vote," she said. "Even today we are watching so many women in so many different communities who are marginalised, still struggling to see that right come to fruition—it's just simply not okay."
#MeghanMarkle with #MichelleObama's voter reg. group in celebration of the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment."We vote to honour those who came before us & to protect those who will come after us because that's what community is all about"@WhenWeAllVote pic.twitter.com/45x58ANwf9— Sussex Supporter (@mid_zan) August 20, 2020
She said that Trump's attempts of intentional voter suppression made it even more important for people to have their say, adding "this fight is worth fighting".
"We can and must do everything that we can to ensure that all women have their voices heard," she said. "If we aren't part of the solution, we are part of the problem. If you aren't going out there and voting, then you're complicit. If you're complacent, you're complicit. We can make the difference in this election and we will make the difference in this election."
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