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The 10 Women Who Inspire Meghan Markle Will Surprise You

Meghan Markle is arguably one of the most fascinating celebrities right now, and as it happens, she’s also one of the more private celebrities too. Understandable considering she is dating Prince Harry. But it’s also deeply frustrating because we want to know more about her. Like, let us in on your life, Markle, because we want to know everything about you, the woman who could possibly be an official part of the British royal family soon.

Markle endeavored to show us a little bit of her personal side when she spoke to Glamour magazine about the 10 women who inspire her and have changed her life. Intriguingly, the list was not just a standard list of celebrities or go-to historical figures. Instead, Markle’s list included one of the most famous women in American iconography, a powerful poet, an entrepreneur and of course, her mother.

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Some highlights from Markle’s list include the following remarks about some of the women who made her list.

On Rosie the Riveter: “Growing up, I had a poster in my room of Rosie flexing her biceps. When I was in grade school, I saw this sexist commercial for dish soap. With Rosie’s “We can do it!” mantra in mind, I wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble, Hillary Clinton, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee, who sent a camera crew to meet me. Guess what? They changed the commercial.”

On Madeleine Albright: “I double majored with international relations as one of my concentrations at Northwestern, so I’ve always been drawn to that world. Albright was the first female secretary of state for the U.S., the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., an author, and a mom—and she seemingly juggled it all with finesse.”

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On Bonnie Hammer: “My character on Suits wasn’t written as a biracial freckled girl, but Bonnie has always been committed to color-blind casting. It’s one thing to have respect for your boss, but it’s another to have the kind of respect that comes with feeling comfortable.”

On her mother, Doria Ragland: “My mom’s a yoga instructor, but she does social work, as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community. For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time my mom has always been a free spirit. She’s got dreadlocks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA Marathon. We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I’ll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend.”

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What’s clear from Markle’s list is that she’s not drawing inspiration from just one area, and the women she looks up to are from a variety of backgrounds. These women thrive in various disciplines, but are all doing important and meaningful work, and Markle recognizing them for their importance is a big deal.

Once again, the Suits star has surprised us all, but in a really great way.

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