- In a published conversation with Gloria Steinem, Duchess Meghan expressed being pleased to see more racial representation in this year's presidential election.
- "Growing up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some capacity," said the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is opening up about the importance of racial representation in this year's upcoming presidential election.
During a conversation with feminist icon and friend Gloria Steinem, published via MAKERS Women, Meghan expressed her excitement at seeing more racial representation in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
"We've been rescued by women of color in all of our recent elections because of a vote of conscience and compassion," Steinem mentioned at the beginning of their discussion. "The heart of the Democratic Party has been Black women, actually, and now there is a potential vice president who is Black, and that's exciting."
Meghan agreed, hinting that Senator Kamala Harris's nomination hit close to home due to the duchess also being a biracial public figure.
"I'm so excited to see that kind of representation. You know, for me, being biracial, growing up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some capacity," said Meghan. "As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see. And in the absence of that, how can you aspire to something greater than what you see in your own world? I think maybe now we're starting to break through in a different way."
Meghan and Steinem also discussed their fears of voter suppression, with the duchess revealing that she had chatted with politician Stacey Abrams about how to counteract those aiming to block votes of the Black community and people of color.
"I've been really concerned about voter suppression. We can already see all the different challenges that we're facing. I had the chance to speak with Stacey Abrams about this to try to get a better understanding of what to do, for example, if you're a person of color and you're in line, for potentially hours on end, and during that time someone tries to intimidate you, to tell you that you should get out of line because you might be under surveillance or any number of intimidation tactics that are so scary," continued Meghan.
"There's a ripple effect, because whoever is in the back of the line says, 'Whatever they did to them … I don't want that to happen to me.' That, I think, is so frightening. But I wonder how we circumvent that and how we get people to feel empowered," expressed the duchess.
Read the rest of Meghan and Steinem's conversation here.
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