Why Meghan Markle and Gloria Steinem Have Been Cold-Calling People in the U.S.

After teaming up last month for a conversation about the importance of voting, Meghan Markle and Gloria Steinem are continuing to work together.

Steinem recently opened up about her work with the Duchess of Sussex, telling Access that she and the duchess (who she calls "Meg") have been cold-calling people in the U.S. to encourage them to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

"Meg is herself, smart, authentic, funny, political. She came home to vote," she said. "And the first thing we did and why she came to see me was we sat at the dining room table here — where I am right now — and cold-called voters. And said, 'Hello, I'm Meg,' and, 'Hello, I'm Gloria,' and, 'Are you going to vote?' That was her initiative."

"She is such an inspiration to me, because she has a kind of stereotype hanging over her head, which is princess," she said of Markle. "The whole idea of princess is a problem. We had a whole revolution to get rid of royalty."

During their conversation last month, the two discussed feminism, women's right to vote, and Kamala Harris as the vice presidential nominee for the Democratic ticket.

"I'm so excited to see that kind of representation," the duchess said at the time. "You know, for me, being biracial, growing up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some capacity. As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see. And in the absence of that, how can you aspire to something greater than what you see in your own world? I think maybe now we're starting to break through in a different way."

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