Meghan Markle has fought this feminist issue for decades — and Britain is finally banning it

It's no secret that Meghan Markle is a self-proclaimed feminist. The Duchess of Sussex has shared her voice and acted on a wide range of women's issues, which she seemingly started doing at the young age of 12.

Back in 2017, a video from Nick News re-surfaced of a young Meghan fighting for gender equality. She explains on camera how upset she was after watching TV in social studies class and coming across a commercial for dish soap that said "women are fighting greasy pots and pans."

"When I first saw the commercial, I knew something had to be done, because I was furious," she said before explaining what compelled her to write a letter to the president of Proctor & Gamble, the company behind the ad.

"While flipping through the channels, we saw a commercial for the new Ivory Clear Dish Washing Liquid. In the commercial, they said women are battling grease, meaning only women do dishes. When I heard this, the boys in my class started saying, 'Yeah, that's where women belong, in the kitchen.'" 

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Meghan Markle in Hollywood before becoming a royal
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Meghan Markle in Hollywood before becoming a royal
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 26: Meghan Markle attends COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit by REED KRAKOFF at Coach on August 26, 2006 in East Hampton, NY. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle during Kari Feinstein Pre-Emmy Style Lounge - Day Two in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage for Kari Feinstein PR)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Episode 235 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Gleave (3), Tameka Jacobs (21), Meghan Markle (24) -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Episode 236 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Episode 228 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Meghan Markle attends the DPA pre-Emmy Gift Lounge at the Peninsula Hotel on September 18, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
NFL CHARACTERS UNITE -- Panel with Sports Illustrated -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Andrew Toth/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, January 2014 -- 'Suits' Session -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
USA NETWORK EVENTS -- '2013 USA Network Upfront at Pier 36 in New York City on Thursday, May 16, 2013' -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Ilya Savenok/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Meghan Markle arrives at the GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont Hotel on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Meghan Markle attends the TV Guide Magazine Hot List Party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on November 12, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Meghan Markle attends the London Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel on November 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan Markle attends the UK Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Actress Meghan Markle attends American Ballet Theatre 2013 Opening Night Fall Gala at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on October 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Model/actress Meghan Markle attends the Gala Tribute To Cate Blanchett during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle enters the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Meghan Markle attends the 2013 Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC Partners Charity Day at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Model Meghan Markle attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 17: Meghan Markle Amrican actress, spokesperson and model attends the 'Bridging the Gender Gap' special session at the Convention Centre on October 17, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The summit, which is in its fifth year, connects and guides young talent from around the world with global leaders and public figures acting as One Young World counsellors. This year's theme is Peace and Conflict Resolution and will use Ireland's history as an example to guide discussion. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle attends an exclusive preview of the Marchesa Voyage for ShopStyle collection on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ShopStyle)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle attends Peter Som during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Meghan Markle attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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Per Meghan's letter, Proctor and Gamble actually listened and changed the commercial to say "people" instead of "women." You can watch the video above.

The root of Meghan's issue with the ad back then and many ads today is the use of gender stereotypes to sell a product. For example, men failing to change a diaper, women doing housework, girls playing with dolls, boys working on DIY projects — you know the ones. 

But in December 2018, Britain's Advertising Standards Authority announced a ban on these types of ads and published a 64-page report based on a review that showed how gender stereotypes can have a negative effect on people's public and private lives.

"The review found evidence suggesting that harmful stereotypes can restrict the choices, aspirations and opportunities of children, young people and adults and these stereotypes can be reinforced by some advertising, which plays a part in unequal gender outcomes," the ASA explained on their site last week. 

They further explained that, "the evidence does not show that the use of gender stereotypes is always problematic and the new rule does not seek to ban gender stereotypes outright, but to identify specific harms that should be prevented."

The ban gave companies six months to update or remove any ads that violated the new rules that state “advertisements must not include gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offense.” And as of June 14, the ban (although still a bit murky) is in full-effect and being enforced across a multitude of mediums. 

According to The New York Times, Britain is not the first to enforce a ban on gender discrimination or sexism in ads. Other countries like Belgium, France, Finland, Greece, Norway, South Africa and India have already installed such laws.

But knowing this, and how hard 12-year-old Meghan Markle fought for these changes, we can't help but think of how happy the duchess must feel today watching the changes take place around her. So, will the U.S. be next? 

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Duchess Meghan on International Women's Day 2019
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a International Women's Day panel discussion at King's College London on March 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a International Women's Day panel discussion at King's College London on March 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: British model Adwoa Aboah and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: (L-R) British singer Annie Lennox, British model Adwoa Aboah, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Camfed Regional Director Zimbabwe's Angeline Murimirwa attend a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: (L-R) British singer Annie Lennox, British model Adwoa Aboah, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Camfed Regional Director Zimbabwe's Angeline Murimirwa attend a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex leaves after a panel discussion convened by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day at King's College in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex departs after joining a panel discussion convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women’s Day at King's College London on March 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greets well-wishers outside after participating in a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day in London on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex departs after joining a panel discussion convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women’s Day at King's College London on March 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leaves after participating in a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day in London on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: (L-R) British model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, British journalist Anne McElvoy and Camfed Regional Director Zimbabwe's Angeline Murimirwa attend a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex takes part in a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day in London on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex leaves after a panel discussion convened by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day at King's College in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to participate in a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day in London on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) British singer Annie Lennox, British model Adwoa Aboah, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Camfed Regional Director Zimbabwe's Angeline Murimirwa take part in a panel discussion convened by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women's Day in London on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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