Today’s International Women’s Day and Meghan Markle shared an empowering message to mark the occasion. The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to Robert Clack upper school in Dagenham, East London, where she encouraged students to stand up for themselves.

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“No matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matther what colour you are, no matter what gender you are – you have a voice, and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right,” Meghan said.

See the pictures of Meghan’s visit to Robert Clack school here:

Meghan Markle shares empowering message to mark International Women’s Day

During her final round of royal engagements in the United Kingdom, Meghan spoke to 700 students and said there was no better way to mark International Women’s Day than spending time with the “women of the future.” She added that “coming to your school made a lot of sense,” since Dagenham is the place where a group of female sewing machinists held a strike in 1968, in order to demand equal pay. They won their battle two years later.

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Meghan Markle also encouraged young men to value and appreciate the women in their lives, and to set the example for those men who might not see it in the same way. “You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life – protect them. Make sure they are feeling valued and safe,” she added.