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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is set to be recognized at the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 50th-anniversary gala in May for her charity work in the US. The foundation, which is a non-profit organization that aims to build women’s collective power in the US, announced on Monday that Markle will pick up the Woman of Vision award.
The former actress will share the award with a number of other inspiring women including LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter. The other two recipients of the award are set to be Wanda Irving and Kimberly Inez McGuire.
Two other women are also set to be recognized on the night – Rebekah Bruesehoff, a 16-year-old trans activist, will pick up the Free to Be You and Me Award while Olivia Julianna, an activist who raised $2m for abortion funds in the US, will be the recipient of the Marie C. Wilson Emerging Leader Award.
Teresa C. Younger, the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women said:
“We are thrilled to announce this year’s honorees for the Women of Vision Awards and to celebrate 50 years of progress and power.
Meghan, LaTosha, Wanda, Kimberly, Olivia, and Rebekah are incredible leaders and we are grateful to be able to shine a light on their many accomplishments and tireless work on behalf of gender and racial equity across the country and the world.”
A continuation of her life work
Meghan Markle has always been a huge advocate for women and gender equality and since returning to the US three years ago, she has accelerated her efforts in this regard. In 2020, Markle founded the Archewell Foundation with Prince Harry.
The non-profit organization has since provided support and grants to a variety of different charities that support women and girls. These include Girls Inc, Moms First, and the National Women’s Law Center.
The organization has also done notable work away from just women and girls. Last year, it provided more than 12 million COVID-19 vaccines and helped to resettle nearly 200,000 refugees from Ukraine and Afghanisation in the United States. Following a devastating school shooting in Texas last year, the organization built a new community play space in the local area.
Gloria Steinem, Ms. Foundation’s co-founder and a close friend of Markle’s, has said that the Duchess will receive the forward for “her global advocacy to empower and advocate on the behalf of women and girls” and she will be there in person to hand the award to the former Suits star.
A Prestigious award
The Women of Vision Award is an award with a long and rich history. Previous winners include Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, and Diane con Furstenberg meaning the Gala on May 16th in New York isn’t an event that Markle, or her husband Harry, will want to miss.
However, there may be a scheduling conflict to navigate. The event in Manhattan takes place just ten days after the coronation of King Charles III in London, England. The new King is Prince Harry’s Dad but after years of animosity between the pair, it is unclear whether he, or Markle, will attend.
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