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Faced online ‘bullying & abuse’ during pregnancy: Meghan Markle

NEW DELHI: Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, said on Friday that she experienced online “bullying and abuse” during her pregnancy.
Speaking at a panel on International Women’s Day, Markle added, “I keep my distance from it right now just for my own well-being”.
Talking about gender pay gap, Markle said that working mothers are paid 62 cents to the dollar to what working fathers are paid.
Citing a report funded by Archewell Foundation, a non-profit organization by Prince Harry and Meghan, she said, “There’s a lot of work to be done in supporting women and moms”.
“It’s almost feeling punitive at a certain point when you‘re a mom and you’re juggling so much and caring so much and you want to be supported in the best way possible,” she added.
Adding to Meghan’s point, sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen said that its the policymakers who affect women and moms.
Highlighting a disconnect between the policymakers and working mothers, Yuen said, “We know that if they’re not actually having contact with folks. They’re deriving their ideas from television, from film, just subconsciously.”
“You know that’s not real, but that’s what you’re seeing. You’re seeing ‘Oh hey, everything’s great. Working moms, they’re just mostly at home, and men are the breadwinners,” she added.
The discussion was part of the annual SXSW (South by Southwest) festival in Austin, Texas, and featured actor, model, and author Brooke Shields, journalist Katie Couric, and sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen.

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