'I Realized The Magnitude Of My Actions': Meghan Markle On Becoming Women’s Rights Advocate At The Age Of 11

Date December 1, 2017 11:20

It isn´t easy to find a person who did not hear of Prince Harry´s engagement to American actress, model, and humanitarian Meghan Markle. Before dating the prince, Meghan was already well-known for her role of Rachel Zane on the legal drama Suits and the part of a special agent Amy Jessup in the thriller Fringe.

Early years

The actress grew up in Los Angeles, California. From the early age, she studied acting at private schools, and in 2003, the girl graduated from Northwestern University, where she got her degree in Theater and International Studies.

Markle started as a freelance calligrapher, but after some time, she began appearing on screen, first in the episode of General Hospital and later having small guest roles on various TV shows. She was having a tough time trying to find jobs early in her career as, apparently, she “wasn't black enough for the black roles and I wasn't white enough for the white ones”, leaving her somewhere in between, as she wrote in 2015.

That was until 2011 when Meghan was offered a role of Rachel Zane in the USA Network show Suits, which brought her success and fame. She worked on the show until the seventh season, and now, she is supposedly leaving her acting career behind to become a humanitarian.

Humanitarian work

And Meghan does a great job in this sphere too. In 2016, she was appointed a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, an organization which aims at supporting children and their families living in poverty. At the position, she traveled to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign, the purpose of which is to provide safe drinking water. Gender equality is also one of the issues that concern her. That’s why she worked as an advocate with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and for international charity One Young World.

Gender equality has been on Markle’s agenda for a very long time. When she was as young as 11 years old, she saw a Procter & Gamble television commercial for a dish soap, which ended with the line "Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans." A few boys from her class said that kitchen was exactly the place where women belonged, and it made Meghan so upset and shocked that she wrote a letter to the manufacturer. She also sent letters to the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, lawyer Gloria Allred, who often advocated women's rights, and Linda Ellerbee, a famous American journalist.

Meghan was stunned when she received the encouraging responses from all of these outstanding women, and eventually, the unfortunate tagline was changed to "People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans!"

By doing this, Meghan proved that even little efforts pay off. In 2015, she said:

It was at that moment that I realized the magnitude of my actions. At the age of eleven, I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality.

Trip to India

Now, Meghan is continuing her humanitarian work. Earlier this year, she traveled to India on behalf of the World Vision Canada to learn more about women's lives, healthcare, education, and economic development in the slum communities of India. The future royal spent a week trying to improve access to feminine hygiene in the framework of the organization's "Daughters of India" initiative.

It looks like even though the acting world might lose a bright star, the world will definitely gain from Meghan becoming the full-time women’s rights advocate and humanitarian.

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