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London (U.K.), Mar 08 (Canadian-Media): A surprise visit to a high school in Dagenham, East London was made by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to speak about gender parity ahead of International Women’s Day, media reports said.
Meghan Markle. Image credit: Twitter handle
Her visit to the school also marked the 50th anniversary of Britain’s Equal Pay Act, which prevents discrimination against women in the workplace.
At the school Markle was joined on stage by Geraldine Dear, one of the female workers at the Ford motor plant in Dagenham who went on strike for equal pay in 1968, and was responsible for triggering the legislation.
Talking of their story, which was made into the 2010 film “Made in Dagenham,” Markle said that women who were courageous to stand up for something that they knew needed to be done irrespective of caste or color are the best examples of the right to speak up for what is right.
Addressing her comments to both the teenage boys and the girls in the audience Markle said International Women’s Day is not targeted solely about women but it is about everybody and should be observed every day of the year.
Before Markle was given a tour of the school, she had a photo taken with the students, who had their arms posed in an equals sign in reference to the International Women’s Day campaign theme “EachforEqual.”
The is one of her last engagements as a member of the royal family before she and Prince Harry retreat from official duties.