The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle turns the big 40 and she is launching 40×40, a new initiative encouraging people to give 40 minutes of their time to support women returning to work. The Duchess of Sussex teamed up with actor Melissa McCarthy to announce the project.
The project, titled 40×40, involves 40 activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders who Meghan has asked to participate by contributing 40 minutes of their time. Celebrities featured are singer Adele, poet Amanda Gorman, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Meghan Markle explained that the pandemic had denied millions of women of their employment and cited research that found women were less likely to return to work after the pandemic. During her video chat the Duke, Prince Harry also crashed into the video chat interrupting the conversation between the women.
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Meghan Markle also explained the initiative in detail via an official statement “In reflecting on my 40th birthday and the many things I am grateful for, I’m struck that TIME IS AMONG OUR GREATEST AND MOST ESSENTIAL GIFTS: Time with our loved ones, time doing the things we love, time spent learning, laughing, growing, and the sacred time we have on this earth. Amongst the most valuable gifts of time is also time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change.”
I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders to help kick off a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce,” “With this time, I hope they each help someone advance a professional life on her own terms and I hope that they inspire countless others to give 40 minutes of their time as well.”
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