Meghan Markle is celebrating her 40th birthday by creating a mentorship initiative for women.
You can watch Meghan’s full announcement from her foundation with her husband Prince Harry named Archewell Foundation here. The initiative aptly names 40×40 aims to connect women who had left the workforce. Meghan Markle made the announcement with the help of Melissa McCarthy, in a two-minute video posted to the Archewell website on Wednesday. Markle is calling on 40 of her friends, including activists, athletes, artists and world leaders. The aim is for them to donate 40 minutes of their time and “help someone advance a professional life on her own terms,” according to a statement posted to the website. “40X40,” uses mentorship as a path to assisting women with rebuilding both their economic strength and confidence after a year that saw many women putting their professional lives on hold to juggle multiple personal and familial responsibilities.
Of the initiative Meghan Markle says, “Because I’m turning 40, I’m asking 40 friends to donate 40 minutes of their time to help mentor a woman who is mobilizing back into the workforce,” Meghan said in the video announcement. “Over 2 million women in the U.S. alone and tens of millions around the world have lost their jobs due to COVID, and I think if we all do it, and all commit 40 minutes to some sort of act of service, we can create a ripple effect.”
“In the past two years, and in large part because of the Covid-19 pandemic, tens of millions of women around the world have left the workforce. including over two million women in the U.S. alone. The initiative summary reads: “So many of these women are also shouldering the brunt of the crisis when it comes to unpaid labor, including schooling and caring for family members. And the latest research shows that fewer women than men will regain work as we recover from the pandemic.”
Adele, Amanda Gorman, Deepak Chopra, Gloria Steinem, José Andrés, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Stella McCartney are among some of those who have already pledged their time as part of the effort.