Footage of an 11-year-old Meghan Markle fighting against a sexist ad campaign has surfaced online.
Sitting down with “Nick News” in 1993, a determined young Markle can be seen speaking out against an Ivory commercial that featured sexist language. “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans,” the ad announced.
“I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things that just mom does everything,” 11-year-old Markle told Nick News. “It’s always ‘mom does this,’ and ‘mom does that.'”
The interview has since been picked up by “Inside Edition” and goes on to show how Markle wrote to Nick News’ Linda Ellerbee, alerting her to the sexist ad.
“It was absolutely clear that this young woman was strong in her beliefs,” said Ellerbee. “It didn’t matter if she was 11 years old, she believed in women, she believed in her own power, and she wasn’t afraid to reach out and say: ‘I want my power.'”
In another letter written to the dishwasher company, Markle kindly demands that their tagline be changed to a more inclusive message. “So, I was wondering if you would be able to change your commercial to: ‘People all over America,'” she wrote in her letter.
The letter was enough to persuade Procter and Gamble to make the change, with the company adopting Markle’s suggestions in their revised commercial.
Years later, Markle, who is now a UN ambassador, was captured recounting the story at a UN Women event.