Off the Stage: Rowan Blanchard

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Girl meets feminism.

“As a teen actress, I want to play teens who are layered and intricate and complicated. I don’t want to play roles that make us look dumb and annoying, because I know teens. I know we are intelligent and are here to change the world.”

Can we just say something, real quick?

You and your voice matter. Like a lot. Like right now. Age isn’t a measure for whether or not you can be taken seriously. You want to change the world? Go ahead. You want to weigh in on some of the most important social issues of the day? Do it. Join the convo. Hit Share.

Take a cue from Rowan Blanchard!

At WE Day, the Girl Meets World star inspired thousands of fellow young people to believe in themselves and stand up for equality just like her. Last summer, she also made waves on the internet for laying down her thoughts on intersectional feminism via social media (we recommend checking out her posts!). Rowan has passion for learning about the causes close to heart and being a part of the conversation.

It was awesome having her join us at WE Day Minnesota. Before hitting the stage, we asked her some questions of our own. Here’s what Rowan told us!

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This is your first time at WE Day! How are you feeling?

I’m so excited.  It’s kids taking action which I think is really cool.

Your feminist essay on Instagram got SO many people talking. What inspired you to post that?

I obviously consider myself a feminist and I want to know as much about feminism as I can. I was on Tumblr and would see people talk about intersectional feminism and stuff like that, so I started reading about that and then someone asked me that question on Tumblr and like how I honestly felt and how I’m figuring this out. I think the beauty of it is that I’m still learning myself and so it’s kind of cool that I get to learn with all these people, too.

Now that you’ve kicked-started your dream job, and are starring on Girl Meets World, what have you learned about following your dreams?

Everything happens for a reason. I think it’s something you kind of have to live your life by and that you have to be at peace with.

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Who are some of your biggest inspirations?

Audrey Hepburn, obviously. Malala because she’s obviously incredible. I think just teenagers like the ones that we’re meeting today. It’s just so cool that this particular generation is really rebelling and kind of doing their own thing and speaking out against things that they don’t believe in. I think that’s really incredible. I’ll be on Tumblr and you’ll see teens who will write stuff about next year’s election and they’re forming these opinions that are so incredible.

When your feminist essay was first posted, a lot of people made a point to talk about your age. Do you ever feel limited by your age?

People were like “wow, that’s such an amazing essay for her age” and then I was like, “slow down”. I like being recognized for my age and I think that’s cool, but at the same time, I feel like we have to start looking at it from a point of “oh, that’s cool that anybody wrote that or that anybody did that” because I feel like age is something we use to classify people as like “oh, it’s better because of their age” or “it’s worse because of their age”. I think that ageism is something everyone uses as something to undermine you. I’ve seen people who are eight do stuff that I would think is amazing even if they were 30, so I don’t feel like you need to classify by age.

A lot of us have standout moments that help shift our thinking from ME to WE. What’s your ME to WE moment?

There’s been so many moments, but one I can remember in particular. I work in downtown LA. There’s a lot of homelessness and poverty. I went to Skid Row and I passed out meals near Thanksgiving. That was really humbling, because every day I go to work where I get paid and I have a great life, and I complain about it… then you pass these people that are struggling to feed their kids and that’s something that takes you back for a second.

Last question! What’s something your BFF taught you?

Something I learned from her is not to take myself too seriously and not care what anyone else thinks.

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Thanks Rowan! Ready to take action on gender equality? Head to WE365 to get started.


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