She may be known as the fiancé of Prince Harry and the actress of the hit TV show ‘Suits’, but she is also a women’s rights advocate, campaigning for both young girls and women all over the world. However, this is not a recent phenomenon for her but in fact started when she just 11 years old.
Spoke against a sexist dish-washing liquid commercial
Speaking at the UN Women’s 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing in 2015, she told the story of how it all began. While still in elementary school, she was watching a TV program and saw an advertisement for a dishwashing liquid brand with the tagline, “Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” After which few boys in her class commented, “Yeah, that’s where women belong, in the kitchen.” She was shocked, angry and decided that she would do something about it because this just wasn’t right. “So I went home and I told my dad what had happened, and he encouraged me to write letters, so I did.” With great passion, she wrote to then-U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton, TV journalist Linda Ellerbee and attorney Gloria Allred, even though she knew she might not receive replies. To her and her family’s surprise, she received “letters of encouragement” from them all and was soon covered by a camera crew in LA.
Received letters from some of the greatest women in America
Moreover, a month later, “Procter & Gamble changed the commercial for their ivory clear dish-washing liquid. They changed it from ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America,'” In that moment, Markle realised the magnitude of her actions and how she had created an impact by standing up not only for women but for equality. Growing up from that into a strong woman raising a voice for the voiceless, she constantly reminds women of the importance of being involved in every area of society, from their neighbourhoods to the highest parliamentary positions. Today, her association with the Royal Family may have made her a media darling, but she is one who is using her name and position to make the world an equal place.
Finally, there is nothing truer in this quote by Markle herself, “It isn’t enough to simply talk about equality, one must believe in it and it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it.”
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