There are so many amazing women of all ages for girls to look up to and be inspired by. However, as a 22 year old woman, I am also SO inspired by girls a lot younger than I am; girls my little sister looks up to, for their commitment to equality and feminism. We cannot underestimate the impact of these girls being ‘open’ about their feminism - when I was in school the word ‘feminist’ was almost a dirty word! Here are a list of three young women that inspire me on a daily basis.
1) Rowan Blanchard
Rowan Blanchard, the thirteen year old star of Disney channel show, ‘Girl Meets World’, recently answered a question on her Tumblr on the topic of intersectional feminism. Rowan’s answer was informed and beautiful, and her response was the subject of many a news story. Rowan is not only an actress, she is a member of #TeamHeforShe, and recently spoke at the National Committee for United Nations Women Annual Conference.
2) Amandla Stenberg
Amandla shot to fame as Rue in ‘The Hunger Games’, but in 2015 a video she made on cultural appropriation went viral and has established her as feminist activist. In ‘Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows', Amandla examines the connection between hip hop and black hair to black culture, and criticises white pop stars such as Macklemore and Katy Perry for utilising black culture in their music to appear ‘urban’, but failing to acknowledge the protests that arose in the aftermath of the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and many others.
3) Tavi Gevinson
Tavi first came to public attention when she wrote her blog, Style Rookie, at the tender age of twelve. In 2011, she founded Rookie Magazine, and focused more on articles that involved feminism. Tavi was named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine and has spoken at TEDxTeen. Rookie Magazine is a website that focuses on teenage girls and the issues they face and analysing pop culture. Tavi is also an actress, and it is her hard work and dedication to her work that inspires me so much.
These three brave young women are outspoken on issues that demand attention, and are using their public platform for good. Drawing attention to feminist and racist issues that are usually swept under the carpet and ignored is something to be applauded, and demonstrating to young girls that feminism is something to be admired for is also brilliant.