Meghan Markle is defending herself as celebrities rally around her 40×40 women’s work program.
CELEBRITIES and royals have backed Meghan Markle, who faced outrage after starting a program to help women re-enter the workforce following the Covid scandal.
On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex announced the 40×40 initiative in a video commemorating her 40th birthday.
The video was shot with her Hollywood pal Melissa McCarthy and uploaded on the Archewell Foundation website.
The initiative intends to provide a mentor for a woman returning to work for 40 minutes.
“For my birthday, I have invited 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders to help start a worldwide initiative by providing 40 MINUTES OF MENTORSHIP to support women re-entering the workforce,” Meghan stated in the video.
“With this time, I hope they can individually help someone develop in her career on her own terms, and I hope they will motivate many others to offer 40 minutes of their time as well.”
Meghan’s work is a “wonderful cause,” according to Apprentice star Karren Brady.
“This is a tremendous cause because during the epidemic, over two million women in the United States and tens of millions throughout the world lost their jobs,” Ms Brady said.
“Whatever your opinion of Meghan, this is such a good way to celebrate reaching 40 – by encouraging women to help other women return to work.”
Meghan accepted Princess Eugenie’s offer, writing on her Instagram story, “To commemorate dear Meghan’s 40th birthday, I’m contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to encourage women reentering the workforce.”
Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, invited her Instagram followers to participate in the project.
“Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, is 40 today,” she stated.
“To help us celebrate, please join me in volunteering for 40 minutes today.”
Adele, Amanda Gorman, and Stella McCartney have all shown support for the campaign.
It comes after a global poll indicated that the vast majority of workers throughout the world choose to work flexibly rather than in a regular shift pattern.
According to an Ipsos poll conducted for the World Economic Forum, the majority of employed individuals in 29 nations want flexible working to become the norm.
Women were found to be the most supportive of additional flexibility, with 68 percent of females asked requesting flexible working alternatives.
A flexible work schedule also made women “more productive,” according to 66% of women.
Finally, 38% of the women polled said they “found it challenging.” “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”