Meghan Markle

Watch 11-year-old Meghan Markle fighting for gender equality in TV interview

Meghan Markle

Even as an 11 years old kid, Meghan Markle was already a force to be reckoned with.

Meghan Markle stood up for her beliefs from a young age.

The 11-year-old and her class were asked to watch a few commercials for an assignment, and Markle quickly realized that they were promoting the idea that women belong at home and in the kitchen. “I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things, that just mom does everything,” she says in footage from the show, obtained by Inside Edition. “It’s always Mom does this and Mom does that.”

We can clearly see an 11-year-old Meghan talking about gender issues and how her own letters on the subject led to a change in language in a TV advert.

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Nick News host Linda Ellerbee provided the video footage to Inside Edition, which shows a remarkably confident Meghan at just 11 years. After watching an advert for Ivory dishwasher soap that said ‘women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans,’ Meghan decided to write letters asking for the ‘sexist language to be changed from ‘women’ to ‘people’.

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Her father encouraged her to write to Proctor & Gamble, civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred and the first lady at the time, Hillary Clinton. She also wrote to Linda Ellerbee, who interviewed Meghan for the news station in 1993.

After Meghan’s protest, the advert changed the terminology to ‘people’. Meghan actually spoke of the story in her International Women’s Day speech in 2015. She said: “My eleven-year-old self worked out that if I really wanted someone to hear me, well then I should write a letter to the First Lady.”

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She added: “And a few weeks went by and to my surprise, I received letters of encouragement from Hillary Clinton, from Linda Ellerbee, and from Gloria Allred. It was amazing.” On the soap company changing the wording in the advert, Meghan said: “It was at that moment that I realised the magnitude of my actions. At the age of eleven, I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality.”

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