Last week, in honor of her birthday, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex asked you to join her in donating 40 minutes of mentorship or service to a woman rejoining the workforce or another cause you care about. Not only did you hear this call to action, you took it into your own hands, creating a global movement of compassion and impact. Thank you to the friends who led the charge, and to all of you who joined to see it through.
Let’s keep sharing our stories and the time we give to others. Let’s keep helping women rebuild economic strength, and inspiring those around us to create a ripple effect of service. We can think of no better gift.
What we heard from you:
You’re passionate about mentoring women; determined to help them return to the workforce; and ready to creatively give your time.
You’re offering mentorship in a number of fields including:
Law · Hospitality · Nursing · STEM · Journalism · Academia · Consumer Packaged Goods · Aerospace · Media · Cosmetology · Public Sector · Medicine · Music Industry · Entertainment · Social Impact · Mental Health · Architecture · Communications · Programming · Yoga Instruction · Tourism · Accounting · Human Resources
In addition to mentorship, you’ve committed to:
Resume polishing · Childcare for mothers looking for jobs · Resources for children’s mental health · Life coaching · Donating gas to women delivering groceries · Real estate consulting · Pre-interview hair and makeup · Graphic design for business cards and resumes · Consultation for mothers of children with an Individualized Education Plan · Mentorship to military spouses · Making clothes for girls who need them · Public speaking consultations · Raking leaves for elderly neighbors · Tutoring children in math · Supporting victims of domestic abuse · Donating books · Helping women create business plans
You’re taking action from countries including:
Kenya · Anguilla · U.S. · Australia · Germany · U.K. · Canada · South Africa · Sweden · France · Nigeria · Uganda · Netherlands · Argentina · Philippines · Colombia · Portugal · Kenya · India · Spain · Mexico · Switzerland · Cameroon · Greece · Malaysia · Barbados
Let’s keep it going:
Let’s continue motivating each other. Keep posting about opportunities in your networks; keep reaching out and asking for help if you need it; keep thinking of ways you can support someone working towards a goal. If we lean on each other, we can help get women back to work in our communities and across the world.
Looking for ideas for committing 40 minutes of mentorship or service? Join the work we’re doing here.
I will offer my time to lift up friends (who are also new moms!) planning to re-enter the workforce after their parental leaves. Offering to help with meals, babysitting, or even just to chat. Justine Toronto
I recently signed up to be a mentor through BetterUp for 10 weeks and am excited to connect with my mentee! Thomas New York
I will be tutoring Afrikaans and English to girls at a local children’s home here in Cape Town. Emile Cape Town
For my 40 minutes, I will be teaching my little cousin how to sew and make patterns as she wants to start a business selling mini purses and toys to her friends at school. Temi London
I will be teaching a free science class on static and current electricity to elementary school children today. Melody San Francisco
After I saw the 40×40 message, I went by my elderly neighbor and asked if I could do anything for him. He said could I go to the shop for him. He was so happy that I did this for him and it also made me so happy. Shirnette Anguilla
I am willing to mentor anyone interested in STEM fields, including academia, medicine, or dentistry. Mina Boston
As someone who has been a social worker and an educator for the past 30 years, I would love to mentor someone who is interested in considering a career in social work, human services, or education. It would be such an honor. Dana Sherborn
I helped a young woman with a disability find her ideal job. I will spend 40 minutes following up and seeing how I could support her with her career goals. Give her more inspiration! Melanie San Diego
I love this idea! I would love to share what I have learned as an entrepreneur for the past 13 years & offer guidance to help women improve their self-care practices. Andrea Munich
How will you commit your time?
You can do so much with 40 minutes! Whether it’s mentorship or giving back to another issue you care about, tell us about how you’ll devote your time.