This is Rowan Blanchard. She’s 14, she’s on Disney Channel, and she’s third in Time Magazine’s list of “30 Most Influential Teens of 2015.”
She is one of the stars of “Girl Meets World” is a spinoff series of the old TV show “Boy Meets World” in which she plays the daughter of Cory and Topanga. Yes, maybe teenagers are a little”too old” to be watching a Disney Channel Show, but it’s more than a kid’s show. They’ve done episodes covering cyber-bullying, religion, and teenage insecurities.
The young actress told Entertainment Weekly, “I feel like we live in a world that, often, will kind of try and shut teenagers up […] I feel like my thoughts and my opinions have always been very open, and they’ve always been very allowed, and I definitely want to encourage other teens to do the same and form their own opinions — even if they are the ones I disagree with.”
Compared to the other celebrities we’ve seen today, she is an exceptional role model to have. She doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind and defend other, and that’s the type of leadership material people want instilled in their kids.
She is also an avid – and open – feminist who seems to grasp the concepts of equal rights more than some people twice her age.
Here’s an excerpt from her essay regarding the “intersectional feminism” and the gender pay gap:
“…with as many issues as feminists have succeeded in adopting, many of us seem to have not accepted the fact that police brutality and race are our issues too. ‘“White feminism’ forgets all about intersectional feminism. The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different from the way a white woman experiences sexism and inequality. Likewise with trans-women and Hispanic women.”