Rowan Blanchard may only be 14 years old, but she's proven once again that you can make a positive difference in the world at any age.
She's recently been named one of 28 women to follow by Instagram, a part of their #MyStory initiative, which celebrates awesome women who use the platform to break down stereotypes and influence people in a positive way.
Rowan spoke to the Huffington Post about feminism and beauty standards, and we're basically all sitting in the DOLLY office like "YAAASS QUEEN SLAY A BIT!"
Here's what she said.
First, she pointed out the problem with society's beauty standards, saying: “I think society has taught us that our beauty is the only thing that is valued. That’s how we are measured. Women tend to gravitate towards questions of ‘Am I beautiful?’ and ‘Am I enough?’ because that is what we have been taught — to evaluate our own beauty. I think it needs to be changed, absolutely. I don’t think it’s fair that you have to base your self-worth on whether or not the cute guy likes you back.”
And then, she backed it up, by PREACHING THESE TRUTHS about feminism and privilege:
“To treat... all [women's experiences] the same or say all women are treated equally is not fair. The way that I experience sexist comments is different than the way a black woman experiences sexist comments. Race is such a difficult conversation to have in America because everybody is so afraid of talking about it. We don’t have to say we are colorblind. People have different experiences. To say you don’t see color erases the experiences of so many."
“I think it all comes down to recognizing your privilege and recognizing how to help others. So obviously a white man is more privileged than I am, but I am still more privileged than somebody else.”
We couldn't love her more.
Keep doing what you're doing, Rowan! <3 <3