Meghan Markle’s July 4 Independence Day message: ‘Raise a glass to yourself!’

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    In her now defunct blog The Tig in 2014, Meghan shared her thoughts on what American independence means and what her country should still be fighting for. She told her readers to “raise a glass to yourself”, as part of a general message of self-love and self-acceptance, which was splattered all over her blog. She also took the opportunity to advocate for the the empowerment of women and quoted writer and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk on gender equality.

    Meghan wrote: “Raise a glass to yourself today – to the right to freedom, to the empowerment of women (and men) who struggle to have it, and to knowing, embracing, honouring, educating and loving yourself.

    “On this day and beyond, celebrate your independence.

    “I leave you with some words from prolific Nigerian writer and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    “Her TED Talk on gender equality resonates deeply, and acts as a reminder of how far we’ve come, and yet how far we still have to go.

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    Meghan Markle had a message for her followers on July 4, 2014 (Image: GETTY)

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    This time last year Meghan was at Wimbledon (Image: GETTY)

    “To our continued autonomy and independence – I raise a glass.”

    Meghan was an outspoken feminist and advocate for gender equality for a number of years while she starred in the TV legal drama Suits.

    She was even appointed a UN advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women, focusing on facilitating more women taking on political leadership roles.

    She continued to support womens’ rights and social justice as a member of the Royal Family, after marrying Prince Harry in May 2018.

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    Meghan Markle speaking at UN Women (Image: YouTube – WHAT WE SEEE)

    The woman she quoted in her July 4, 2014 blog post is a a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to non-fiction, her work often centring around feminist issues.

    She wrote the 2014 book ‘We Should All be Feminists’ and in 2017 published ‘Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’.

    Meghan quoted her TED Talk on the topic of gender equality from 2017.

    Ms Adichie said: “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.

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    Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Image: GETTY)

    “We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man.

    “Because I am female, I am expected to aspire for marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important.

    “Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?

    “We raise girls to see each other as competitors, not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men.

    “We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”

    Meghan has never stopped advocating for social justice, more recently turning her attention to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    After the death of George Floyd earlier this year, protests sprung up all over the US and the world.

    Meghan posted a video on the topic in which she addressed the younger generation, telling them she was “sorry” they had to grow up in a world where racism and police brutality was still a huge issue.

    The Duchess has previously spoken up about her experience of being biracial – her father Thomas Markle is white and her mother Doria Ragland is black.

    She described how she struggled to fit in at school, where the cliques were divided on race, and how she has often found herself a fly on the wall, hearing the racist things people say around her, not knowing that she is biracial.

    Looking towards the future, Meghan and Harry are in discussion about how they can best help the Black Lives Matter movement, but the Duchess is also expected to continue to work on issues around gender equality.



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