Meghan will examine the intersection of race and gender in America

By Stephanie Petit
August 07, 2020 09:56 AM
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Meghan Markle is known for giving heartfelt speeches (often without notes!) and being the interviewee, but now she's flipping the script.

The Duchess of Sussex will join a virtual summit on August 14 for a conversation with Emily Ramshaw, the cofounder and CEO of The 19th*, a "nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy" — with Meghan will be serving as moderator and asking the questions.

"The 19th*'s commitment to reporting and storytelling that lifts up those who are too often underrepresented in the media has never been more important," Meghan said in a statement to Glamour. "I'm looking forward to asking the cofounder what it means to build a media outlet with gender equity, diversity and community at its core."

Ramshaw shared on Twitter, "In the department of the surreal: The Duchess reached out to us; she said [the 19th's] vision of building a diverse and representative newsroom that covers women and other underserved people with nuance + empathy spoke to her immediately."

Ramshaw continued, "She asked if she could interview me on 'storytelling that lifts up those who are too often underrepresented in the media,' and 'what it means to build a media outlet with gender equity, diversity and community at its core.' "

Meghan, 38, has spoken about women's suffrage on a number of occasions, including her 2018 visit to New Zealand.

"Women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness," she said in a speech to mark the country's 125th anniversary of women's right to vote. "​Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents. The basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community."

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The organization — named for the amendment that granted (some) women the right to vote in the United States and includes an asterisk in its title to represent the work still to be done — is holding their "The 19th Represents" virtual summit 100 years after the amendment was ratified in August 1920.

Meghan's appearance will close out the five-day event which includes other notable speakers such as Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Melinda Gates and Meryl Streep. Registration to join can be found here.

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Meghan and Prince Harry recently signed with the New York-based Harry Walker Agency for speaking engagements. The agency also represents Oprah Winfrey and Jane Goodall — who are friends with the couple — in addition to Michelle and Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Alex Rodriguez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tina Fey, Stacey Abrams and Gloria Steinem.