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Video shows 11-year-old Meghan Markle taking on gender stereotypes — and winning

11-year-old Meghan Markle (YouTube)

Actress and soon-to-be princess Meghan Markle, who is engaged to Prince Harry of Great Britain, has been a vocal feminist ever since the age of 11, as shown in a 1993 video interview that originally aired on Nickelodeon. In the video, which was recently unearthed by Inside Edition, a young Markle shared how she reacted to a dishwasher advertisement in which women can be seen scrubbing dishes while a voiceover declares that “women are fighting greasy pots and pans.”

“I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things, that just mom does everything,” said the 11-year-old. “It’s always mom does this, and mom does that … I said, ‘Wait a minute, how could somebody say that?’”

Markle wrote to Procter & Gamble outlining her objections to the ad, suggesting that they swap the word “women” in the voiceover with “people.” Remarkably, the multinational company not only read her letter, but even agreed to remove the gendered language from the advertisement.

Nearly 20 years later, Markle reflected on that moment while delivering a speech at the U.N. for International Women’s Day.

“I remember feeling shocked and angry and also just feeling so hurt,” she said. “It just wasn’t right and something needed to be done.”

Watch the video of 11-year-old Markle below.

Read the full story at Town & Country magazine.


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