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. – Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, launched a mentoring plan on her 40th birthday to help women return to the workforce after the pandemic.
The scheme, called 40×40, is “a global effort that encourages people around the world to commit to dedicating 40 minutes of their time to help women return to work.” This is explained in a press release from the Archewell Foundation, founded by Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
“As I reflect on my 40th birthday and the many things I am grateful for, I am amazed that time is one of our greatest and most essential gifts,” Meghan wrote in a message on Archewell’s website.
“In the last two years, and in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of millions of women around the world have left the workforce, including more than two million women in the US,” he noted .
“Many of these women are also bearing the brunt of the crisis when it comes to unpaid work, including schooling and caring for family members. And the latest research shows that fewer women than men will get back to work as we recover from the pandemic, “the Duchess wrote.
“I believe that mentoring is a way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their financial strength,” she added.
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Celebrities join Meghan’s mentorship
The Duchess called for the participation of 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders. Among those who have committed to dedicating 40 minutes of their time to mentor a woman in their community are: Adele, Amanda Gorman, Amanda Nguyen, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Gloria Steinem, José Andrés, Dra. Nadine Burke Harris, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Stella McCartney.
Actress Melissa McCarthy joined Meghan in a video to announce the launch of the show. At one point, Prince Harry can be seen juggling in the background.