The Duchess of Sussex has a long history of speaking out on behalf of women. She made news at the age of 11 when she lobbied a dish soap maker to change its sexist advertisement. Then in 2015, she famously spoke up at a United Nations Women’s event.
“It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision — because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. Starting now,” Markle said.
Last year she celebrated International Women's Day by visiting the Stemettes project in Birmingham with Prince Harry. There, the couple encouraged girls to pursue careers in the sciences.
This year, Markle is leading a star-studded panel for International Women's Day. Here's what you need to know.
When is Meghan Markle’s International Women’s Day panel?
On March 8, Meghan Markle will join a panel to celebrate International Women’s Day at King's College London. Kensington Palace announced the news on Twitter.
“The event, hosted @KingsCollegeLon, will bring together a special panel of female thought-leaders and activists to discuss a range of issues affecting women today,” Kensington Palace wrote.
Can you watch the International Women’s Day panel?
Unfortunately, tickets aren’t available to the general public. Panellists will speak to an audience of students and young thought leaders.
You can, however, keep up with the panel by following Queen's Commonwealth Trust social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, where they'll be posting live updates.
The event isn’t being live streamed, but the QCT are putting together a full edit of the discussion. It will be published on their webpage a couple of hours after the event by 4:30 GMT. The BBC and PA Video will also be present throughout to capture footage, so stay tuned.
Who will be on the International Women’s Day panel?
Senior Editor of the Economist Anne McElvoy is chairing the panel.
The Scottish singer/songwriter founded The Circle, which supports women and girls around the world and works to create equality.
"I’m committed to the vision of The Circle becoming a long term contributor to the global movement for the rights of women and girls and I’m very much looking forwards to collectively using our voices, skills and resources to make a significant difference towards a fairer and more equal world," Lennox writes on the site.
Model Adwoa Aboah founded Gurls Talk, where young women can talk about the issues that are important to them, including mental health, relationships, education, the arts and sexuality.
The organization describes itself as "a safe space to share and listen without any judgement or stigma" on Instagram, where it has 230k followers.
The Former Prime Minister of Australia is currently the Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College.
The Institute works to "better understand and address the causes of women's underrepresentation in leadership positions."
Jarrett founded Let Us Learn in 2014, which is a group for young UK immigrants who are campaigning for an easier road to settlement.
She was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK when she was 8. She was originally unable to start college because of her immigrant status. She ultimately won a full scholarship to study law at LSE. Now, she works part-time on Let Us Learn.
She’s the executive director at the Campaign for Female Education, which helps break the cycle of poverty in rural Africa by educating young women.