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5 (More) Reasons to Love Rowan Blanchard

Written By Maddy Crehan

Photo by Petra Collins, Image from wonderlandmagazine.com

Photo by Petra Collins, Image from wonderlandmagazine.com

After her insightful contribution to the White Feminism debate last year, our fave gal Rowan Blanchard is melting our hearts yet again this year with her commitment to fighting sexism and supporting other young girls and women. We know it’s only March but we’ve been compiling a list of inspirational quotes from the 14-year-old and we couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you! So here’s 5 times Rowan Blanchard said it how it is in 2016:

1. “Sorry, not sorry”
In January Rowan wrote an essay for online magazine Rookie, titled ‘Sorry, not sorry’. In the essay she talks about her “codependent relationship with self-blame and self-deprecation”, something that is common among young girls. This essay is a letter of some sorts to all the girls who have apologised for something beyond their control and put the happiness of others above their own. It is a reminder to trust and accept yourself.

Illustration by Isabel Ryan, Image from rookiemag.com

Illustration by Isabel Ryan, Image from rookiemag.com

2. “I personally don’t wanna label myself as straight, gay or whateva”
When Rowan tweeted this in January she reminded us that we are not defined by our sexuality or anything else and that all that matters is just “existing”. She later tweeted “Yes, [I’m] open to liking any gender in future is why I identify as queer”. This statement, along with Blanchard’s pal Amanda Stenberg identifying as bisexual, is a huge step forward in the conversation around LGBTQ acceptance. The Disney star hope that this identification will also be represented on her show Girl Meets World.

Image from Rowan Blanchard's Twitter page

Image from Rowan Blanchard’s Twitter page

3. “I’m not only fighting for my own equality – I’m fighting for others.”
Rowan’s dedication to the feminist movement has shown the world that young people can have – and should have – a significant role in this fight. An incredible benefit to this is that the discussion is reaching a wider, younger audience. In an interview for online mag CR Fashion Book Rowan mentioned a time when a 12-year-old girl from Pakistan reached out to thank her for fighting on her behalf, reminding her that ‘in my country, we don’t have as many rights as you do.’ Blanchard says how “It was so powerful…Without the Internet, that girl would never have heard of me”.

Photo by Petra Collins, Image from wonderlandmagazine.com

Photo by Petra Collins, Image from wonderlandmagazine.com

4. “Be accepting of yourself”
Rowan recently shared her support for Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie on twitter encouraging women to be proud of their bodies. In a world where “non-consensual nudes of women are leaked all the time” Blanchard suggests that Kim’s decision to take control of her public image is incredibly empowering and an important message for all girls and women.

Image from Rowan Blanchard's Twitter page

Image from Rowan Blanchard’s Twitter page

5. And last but not least when she shared this important message via Twitter for girls on International Women’s Day:

Image from Rowan Blanchard's Twitter page

Image from Rowan Blanchard’s Twitter page

We love your work Rowan!!

 

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Maddy Crehan

Maddy regularly writes for Rosie, and is passionate about music, history, art and gender equality.

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