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Meghan Markle was fighting against sexism at just 11 years old

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Back in 1993, Meghan Markle was set a school assignment in which she had to analyse the messaging in a television commercial – but she went above and beyond…

If we needed any further evidence that Meghan Markle was destined for great things, we’ve found it in recently uncovered footage from her school days.

All the way back in 1993, when Markle was just 11 years old, it turns out that she was already fighting on behalf of the feminist cause.

After being set an assignment for her social studies class in which she was challenged to watch a series of television adverts and analyse the messages that they conveyed, Markle decided to go one step further – contacting Procter & Gamble to flag up the sexist wording of one of their commercials for Ivory dishwashing liquid, and requesting that the script receive an update.

The commercial, which contained the line, “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans,” inspired Markle to write letters not only to the company, but to civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and Nick News host Linda Ellerbee.

In her letters, Markle suggested that the line should be changed to the more gender-neutral, “People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” She was then invited on Nick News, where she explained: “I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things, that just mom does everything. It’s always, ‘Mom does this,’ and ‘Mom does that.’”

Last week, Inside Edition shared clips from the original news report on YouTube:

Her campaigning paid off – after some time, the line in the advert was indeed changed to “People all over America”.

The Nick News report concluded with Markle sharing some wise words of advice: “If you see something that you don’t like or are offended by, on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people.

“You can really make a difference for not just yourself, but lots of other people.”

What an inspiration.

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Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.

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