"She really is beautiful, innit."
These were the words of 16-year-old Aker Okoye, the head boy of Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham to the assembled kids after he had planted a kiss on Meghan's cheek to the cheers of his fellow students.Aker later snuck in a hug as well. Meghan was at the school this past Friday ahead of International Women's Day. Despite the fun, Meghan's message was an important one. She called on the boys to value, appreciate and protect the women in their lives.
Also on stage was Geraldine Dear, one of the "Dagenham Girls", who went on strike for equal pay at the Ford Motor Plant in 1984. Meghan said of her story, which was turned into a film: "It's the best example of no matter how small you might feel, or how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole; no matter what colour you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right."