Meghan Markle will become the first American woman to join the British Royal Family through her marriage to Prince Harry. But long before she met the sixth in line to the throne, she had her own campaigns.
When she was 11-years-old, Meghan Markle watched a sexist advertisement on TV. As a school assignment, she was asked to assess some of the messages in different advertisements.
She didn’t like that many of the advertisements talked about women as if they were at home doing all of the chores. She shared, “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.’”
There was one ad that she believed was especially bad. An ad for Ivory dish soap said, “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.”
Instead of just being frustrated with the ad, 11-year-old Meghan decided to do something about it.
Meghan wrote to Procter and Gamble, the company behind Ivory dish soap. She wrote, “I was wondering if you would be able to change your commercial to: ‘People all over America.’” After reading her letter, Procter and Gamble changed the advertisement.
At the United Nation’s Women’s Convention in 2015, Meghan spoke about the experience. She shared what happened in her class when the advertisement was shown, “Two boys from my class said, ‘Yeah, that’s where women belong. In the kitchen.’” She shared, “‘I remember feeling shocked and angry. And also just feeling so hurt. It just wasn’t right and something needed to be done.” Check out her video at the Convention below.
Because Meghan was given so much support to do what she thought was right, she was able to make a change. Now she’s the one inspiring others. Check out the video below of 11-year-old Meghan talking about her experience.
We’re looking forward to hearing more about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. In the meantime, check out this article. Apparently, Prince Harry has been stealing food from his brother for years. Check it out here.