March 6, 2017


Future Women's History Month: Rowan Blanchard's Infinitely Open Ambition

Mike Windle/Getty Images for WE Day
Mike Windle/Getty Images for WE Day

Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. Initially, Rowan Blanchard stepped into a big franchise to play the daughter of beloved '90s couple Cory and Topanga for Girl Meets World. During its three-year run, the teen actor helped deliver a new hit show for the Disney Channel along with a smart, new heroine for viewers. But a deeper look into her work past TV screens makes her all the more bigger and an important role model.

The L.A. native has been open and clear about her work in activism, sharing her feelings and connecting with her audience on the same platforms they share and connect upon: mostly Twitter and Tumblr. She's spoken out about her feelings in feminism, gender rights, gay rights, and gun violence. In one particularly notable reveal, a then-14-year-old Blanchard shared in a series of tweets how that while she had "only ever liked boys," she was "open to liking any gender" and identifies as queer. These are likely feelings many of her followers may be experiencing and having difficulty putting into words themselves, and Rowan eloquently saod she is "not gonna give myself labels to stick with—just exist." Regardless if she has herself 100 percent figured out, it's this type of honesty and openness that makes the actress such a figure people her age can connect.

Furthermore, Blanchard's passion for human rights isn't confined to the Internet. The 15-year-old spoke at the United Nations Women and U.S. National Committee's annual conference as part of feminist campaign #TeamHeForShe that was launched by UN Women alongside Emma Watson.

While there's still loads and loads of possibilities for her future, there appears to be no limit to Blanchard's promise. Acting seems to be the focus in the direct future (she'll co-star in the movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time), but she said (in her must-read UN speech) that her ultimate goal is to attend the Columbia School of Journalism. With a true talent, strong mind and an attitude that is wise beyond her years, there's no way Rowand Blanchard won't solidify herself in history whether it's for acting, activism or something entirely different.

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