"I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless."

By Kimberly Truong
Aug 11, 2020 @ 9:33 am
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Ahead of the U.S. election in November, Meghan Markle has shared a statement on why voting is so important to her.

As part of a round-up for Marie Claire in which 100 women discussed their reasons for voting, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, said, "I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless."

"I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard," she continued. "And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard."

She also shared one of her favorite quotes, one that she said she and Prince Harry often refer to, from Kate Sheppard, a leader in the suffragist movement in New Zealand: "Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops."

"That is why I vote," the duchess concluded.

Her statement comes ahead of a planned public appearance on Friday, in which she will be moderating an interview with Emily Ramshaw, the cofounder and CEO of The 19th*, a new nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom focusing on gender and politics.

"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," she 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 told Glamour that "the duchess learned about The 19th* and its mission and reached out to us. She told us that our vision for The 19th*—building a truly diverse and representative newsroom that covers women with nuance—spoke to her immediately."