Meghan Markle, Greta Thunberg and others mark International Women's Day: 'You have a voice'
March 8 marks International Women’s Day, and some of the most prominent women in the world — not to mention one trailblazing teen — are celebrating.
Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Aly Raisman and Greta Thunberg were among those marking the occasion with messages championing women’s rights.
As one of her final official royal duties, Meghan paid a visit to Dagenham, England, where in 1968 female Ford factory workers famously went on strike to protest being paid less than their male counterparts; the strike was chronicled in the 2010 film Made in Dagenham and prompted the passing of the Equal Pay Act.
“This is the best example of no matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what color 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,” the duchess, who visited a local school, shared in a social media post.
Teen climate activist Thunberg, 17, marked the day by noting that “we can not have climate justice without gender equity.”
She added, “What we women want today — and every day — is equality, not congratulations or celebrations.”
Today is #InternationalWomensDay and we recognise that women are still far from equal to men in today’s societies.
We can not have climate justice without gender equity.
And remember; what we women want today - and every day- is equality, not congratulations or celebrations. pic.twitter.com/g1CuEN6YLX
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 8, 2020
Recently retired Olympic gymnast Raisman, meanwhile, reposted her 2018 Sports Illustrated shoot, in which she posed nude, empowering phrases scrawled on her body. The athlete took the opportunity to urge followers to “stop shaming women and girls for what they wear” in her International Women’s Day post.
“PLEASE. A woman or girl is NEVER asking for it by what she is wearing or what time of night it is or how much she’s had to drink. A SEXY OUTFIT IS NOT AN INVITATION,” she wrote.
Political figures and celebrities also shared messages honoring International Women’s Day. Dwayne Johnson posted tributes to his daughters, while Padma Lakshmi shared a throwback picture which showed her breastfeeding her then-infant daughter while putting on makeup.
Happy #InternationalWomensDay to my sisters doing extraordinary things all across the world! 🙌
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 8, 2020
Today is #InternationalWomensDay! This week I was honored to recognize some of the female trailblazers of this generation with @SecPompeo at the @StateDept. Hearing their stories of courage in the face of adversity was simply unforgettable. #IWOC2020 pic.twitter.com/5YWl9M8kUL
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 8, 2020
Respect Black women.
Believe Black women.
Elect Black women.#InternationalWomensDay
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 8, 2020
There is no place or part of life where women are equal to men.
That’s why I’m taking a stand with @girlup this International Women’s Day to drive faster action on #genderequality. Share what #EqualEverywhere means to you! #GirlStories #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/1HDJB9ca84
— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) March 8, 2020
has wisdom -
has a God given task
To make sure girls
know that -
where I feel I’m needed.
supported and loved
so are you 💕#InternationalWomansDay pic.twitter.com/cPzx1FX3IB
— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) March 8, 2020
happy women’s day. in honor of my personal journey through femininity, with it’s endless facets; and in honor of the feminine wonder that connects literally everyone and everything, i want to share lyrics for an unreleased song called “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris”. pic.twitter.com/dfP4lgdOck
— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) March 8, 2020
On #InternationalWomensDay and every day, let’s say out loud once more that women’s rights are human rights—and no administration, political party, court, legislature, or biased attitudes can change that. pic.twitter.com/Zoc437YsHS
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 8, 2020
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