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The Duchess of Sussex Used Her Last Solo Engagement to Spread a Powerful Feminist Message for International Women’s Day

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Long before joining the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex was a staunch campaigner for gender equality – and she has continued to make feminism a key pillar of her work following her marriage. It’s fitting, then, that Meghan chose to make her last solo engagement as a senior royal one that celebrated International Women’s Day, using the occasion to drive home the importance of both male and female support for gender parity.

Ahead of her glamorous outing to the Royal Albert Hall in the evening, the Duchess wore an elegant monochrome outfit for a visit to the Royal Clack Upper School in Dagenham on 6 March. Continuing to champion British designers, she paired a cream boucle ME+EM blazer with two-tone heels by Jennifer Chamandi. On her arm? A knotted cotton bag by British designer Rejina Pyo, a long-time favorite of the Vogue editors.

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Speaking to the school’s 700 pupils in the building’s main hall, Meghan explained: “When we thought about what I wanted to do for International Women’s Day this year, for me it was incredibly important to be with the women of our future. And that is all of the young women here, as well as the young men who play a very large part in this… It’s very easy to sometimes compartmentalize or silo this idea of International Women’s Day solely being about women – but it’s not – it’s about all of us.”

While the Sussexes have yet to announce the exact nature of their charitable endeavors following their relocation to North America, it’s clear that the Duchess will continue her work to empower women and girls on a global scale.

Addressing the young men in the audience, she said: “You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life – protect them. Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe. Let’s all rally together to make International Women’s Day something that is not just on Sunday – but frankly, feels like every day of the year.”

Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

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