Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, and more guests join Meghan Markle on ‘Archetypes’ to investigate gender stereotypes

Society & Culture December 8, 2022
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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle leaps into podcasting on the empowering series, “Archetypes.” In episodes, she’ll chat with modern thinkers, historians, and cultural commentators about the origins of gender stereotypes, how these stories affect women, impact the world, and why these terms persist. Episodes “investigate, dissect, and subvert” these archetypes with “women who know all too well how these typecasts shape narratives.”

To learn more about Markle’s early experiences, including writing a letter to Ivory Clear Dishwashing and taking a stand against a gendered commercial when she was young, start “Archetypes” from episode 1. In themed episodes running less than an hour on average, tune in for insightful conversations with upcoming guests like Mariah Carey.

In Episode 1, “The Misconceptions of Ambition,” Markle was joined by her friend and tennis icon Serena Williams to discuss double standards that women face in the world when deemed “ambitious” and taking steps to achieve their dreams. Williams unpacked how these labels affect lives, the ways they’re viewed, and more. Markle and Williams shared their early ambitions, experiences balancing their careers with motherhood in the spotlight, and Williams’ shift from tennis to different endeavors.

Markle also spoke with Dr. Laura Kray on the first episode, a UC Berkeley professor and expert on gender in work environments. They discussed how these archetypes affect everyone.

In 2018, Meghan and Prince Harry got married and later had 2 children, Archie and Lilibet (“Lili”). Prince Harry dropped by episode 1 for a few seconds. Also in episode 1, Markle shared a personal and hair-raising story when a fire started from a malfunctioning heater in Archie’s nursery. Archie, who was 4 months old at the time, was not in the nursery at that moment. But Markle explained how scary this experience was.

Markle is also known for her role on USA Network’s Suits. “Archetypes” is presented by Meghan and Prince Harry’s Archewell Audio and Spotify’s Gimlet Media. Tune in on Spotify for new, weekly episodes.

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