On International Day of the Girl, the Sussex Royals have shared an inspiring post on Instagram that includes a very young Meghan appearing on an American news program for taking a stand against sexism.
In the clip, Meghan, then 11, says, “If you see something that you don’t like or are offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference for not just yourself but for lots of other people.” Meghan appeared on the Inside Edition program as a child after she wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble over the language of their advert for Ivory dish soap.
The narrator in the commercial said that ‘women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.’
Young Meghan took them to task over the wording of the commercial, especially after two boys in her class said that it confirms the stereotype of women ‘belonging in the kitchen.’
The video posted to Instagram also included a collage of images of young girls and women from all over the world.
The message accompanying the post read: “Today is International #DayoftheGirl, a day observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that exists worldwide.
Be it lack of access to education, stigma surrounding Menstrual Hygiene Management, forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence, there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence.
It is also a day to celebrate and encourage girls to know their value and to support them in taking action to grow into the women they wish to be.
The Duchess of Sussex has been a long time advocate for women’s and girls rights and at the age of eleven campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed. No matter what age, or what background you have the power to make an impact.
HRH recently shared a quote during a speech in Cape Town: ‘Visualize your highest self, and show up as her.’
To all of the young girls reading this today on International Day of the Girl, that quote is for you.