Harry told Gloria Steinem during her talk with Meghan.

By Christopher Luu
Aug 26, 2020 @ 5:23 pm
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While Meghan Markle and Gloria Steinem talked about voting, representation, and women in politics, Prince Harry made sure to pop in and let the feminist icon that he was on her side — and that he was proud to be. That, Meghan said, was a huge move, since she was glad to be giving her son, Archie, a shining example that being a feminist (and, she mentioned, being someone who's not afraid to address his feelings) is something that men and women alike can be proud of.

"Well, you can be a feminist and be masculine and a guy," Steinem said near the end of the talk. Meghan went on to say that when she and Steinem met, Harry brought up the fact that he's a proud feminist — and that he was excited to let her know.

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"Like my husband! I love that when he just came in he said, 'You know that I'm a feminist too, right Gloria?! It’s really important to me that you know that,'" Markle said. 

She went on to say that it was important for her to have Harry be an example to Archie of a man that was comfortable being a feminist and showing him that being loving and nurturing doesn't necessarily take away from being a man.

"But you need that. And I look at our son and what a beautiful example that he gets to grow up with a father who is so comfortable owning that as part of his own self-identification," Meghan said. "That there's no shame in being someone who advocates for fundamental human rights for everyone, which of course includes women."

Steinem added, "And also that he is a nurturing father. Because then your son will grow up knowing it’s OK to be loving and nurturing."

The two also spoke about women's right to vote, which many people misunderstand as the 19th amendment. Steinem clarified that while it was a huge turning point for women, it wasn't until much, much later that all women were afforded the right to cast a ballot.

"We keep saying that women won the right to vote in 1920, which is true, it was the beginning," she said. "But Native American women came later, Asian American women came later, African American women only came really mostly with the Voting Rights Act in 1965."