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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

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

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

After Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, old photos and videos of the royal-to-be and the things she's done all through her 36 years on earth emerged, including a 2015 speech at the UN Women's conference where Meghan revealed she began campaigning for women's equality at age 11 (read here).

The spectacular campaign saw 11-year-old Meghan appear on TV so many years back, and the video footage recently surfaced. The footage shows a remarkably confident Meghan talking about gender issues.

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

After watching an advert for Ivory dishwasher soap which 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". 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.
In the video, Meghan is seen saying: "I don't think it is right for kids to grow up thinking that mum does everything. If you see something that you don't like or offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference, not just for yourself but for lots of other people."

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

After Meghan's protest, the advert changed the terminology from "women" to "people".
Watch 11-year-old Meghan's interview below. You need to see her facial expression at the 0.05 mark.

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