I’m baaack! This time around our topic was influential teens, which we were typically drawing from the Times list of top influential teens of this year. If any of you read my blog, you will already know how much I love Rowan Blanchard, so it will come as no surprise that when I saw her name on the list I did a little shriek, a dance, and chose her.
Rowan Blanchard is a 14 year old actress who plays the role of Riley Matthews on Disney’s Girl Meets World. But, she shines just as much off screen as she does on.
At only fourteen – an age where most girls are more worried about there hair and how to act in front of their newest crush – she is speaking out about international problems and giving rise to things she believes should change. She is a proud feminist and chooses to use her platform from her show, to speak out about such problems and educate her audience – something that a young star of her age has never quite done before. She has already spoken at the UN and the US National Committee’s annual conference about feminism and the HeForShe campaign. Hard to believe she is one 14, isn’t it?
After hearing some of these facts – among many others that were not listed – it is not hard to understand why Time magazine would put her on this list. What I think is truly amazing, is that she is educated the younger generations (which follow her on instagram and twitter because of her Disney start status) long before they will ever learn about it in school. Those younger generations who look up to her, will now grow up learning about today’s issues from one of their biggest idols, and she is starting them from a young age. I started watching Disney channel at age 9 I believe, most are even younger than that. At age nine, I had no idea what feminism was. I had no idea gun violence was a thing. I had no idea what human rights were.
Now, some may argue that young children should not be learning about this yet and that it is too much for their innocent young minds to handle. Me, on the other hand, think it is the perfect time. At this age, they have no stereotypes. They haven’t developed there own opinions. They are wildly more accepting than most adults. So, if they grow up hearing about these issues, about what needs to be done and about what and about tearing down the stereotypes, don’t you think they will make wonderful citizens and world leaders some day? I do.
What do you think? Have you ever heard of Rowan?