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This afternoon in England, Meghan Markle was part of a panel at King’s College London for International Women’s Day. The longtime feminist has an accomplished group alongside her: Annie Lennox (The Circle NGO’s founder), Adwoa Aboah (Gurls Talk founder), Julia Gillard (Global Institute for Women’s Leadership chair), Chrisann Jarrett (Let Us Learn founder), and Angeline Murimirwa (executive director of Camfed). The group talked about the issues facing women today—and gave a lot of moving insight.

While the panel wasn’t streamed online, some of the group’s best quotes have come out on Twitter. (The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust tweeted quite a few of them.) Here, the highlights of the panel:

Meghan Markle on the importance of using your voice to advocate for gender equality: “If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice and an inequality, someone needs to say something—and why can’t it be you?”

Meghan on doing more than advocating for change on social media: “Hashtags are not enough.” The Duchess of Sussex also said she never looks at Twitter but does read The Economist.

Meghan on the importance of men being part of the feminist movement, and feminism being focused on more than just an activist’s own country: “We must be global feminists and include men and boys.”

Meghan on how her baby is treating her during her pregnancy: “It’s funny, I’ve actually been joking the last few weeks. I had seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism, and one of the things they said during pregnancy was ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism.’ I loved that, so boy or girl, whatever it is, we hope that that’s the case with our little bump.”

Chrisann Jarrett on the importance of having new people in the movement: “It is so important that we constantly have new people coming through, shaping new ideas and finding solutions for all.”

Julia Gillard on bringing more people into the gender equality movement: “If we can talk about how gender equality gives everybody more choices and more options, then it can be more inclusive, globally”

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