Markle’s feminist activism started early. She first appeared on screen in 1993 when Nick News picked up a story about a young 11-year-old trying to get a Procter & Gamble commercial to stop being sexist. The commercial advertised Ivory dish soap, and was clearly directed at women.
While panning over a sink overflowing with dirty dishes, the narrator says, “Women are fighting greasy pots and pans with Ivory dish soap” all over America. Annoyed by this, Markle wrote to anyone who might listen, including Hilary Clinton and Proctor & Gamble itself.
The crazy thing is, it worked. The corporation changed the commercial, switching out “women” with “people.”
“If you see something 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,” the 11-year-old Markle said.
Ironically, a woman who started a letter-writing boycott campaign in 1989 to get people to stop watching “Married… With Children” arguably lead to the show growing even more popular.