Top Young Feminists Who Are Changing Hollywood In 2016
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Although Hollywood has a reputation for creating a certain image of women, there are a few inspiring young feminists who are gradually helping to change the face of fame. From teenage actress Rowan Blanchard to transgendered activist Jazz Jennings, here are a few famous young ladies who are leaving their mark on the screen and on the world stage.
At just 14 years old, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard seems wise beyond her years, especially when addressing the controversial subject of feminism and the many facets the word brings. In 2015, Blanchard spoke at the UN Women’s annual conference about gender inequality and actively discusses and engages in conversations on the topic on social media. At such a young age, Blanchard shows an extremely high level of recognition for many sides to feminism and how different women of different races and backgrounds are affected by it differently. The young star has written an essay on her “white feminism” and addresses the importance of intersectional feminism, the importance of recognizing her privilege and the varying battles of inequality that multicultural women face.
By 19 years old, Tavi Gevinson has started her own print and digital magazine named Rookie, published three anthologies, appeared on Broadway, starred in a film, sat front row at Fashion Weeks and given a TED talk. In the process, she has built a feminist, fashionable and extremely influential empire that young girls around the world look to. Despite being called a role model, Gevinson sees herself simply as an ordinary girl with the extraordinary goal of changing the world’s binary views with creativity. One label Gevinson does embrace is being called a feminist. In an interview with Vogue, she stated that “Feminism to me means fighting. It’s a very nuanced, complex thing, but at the very core of it I’m a feminist because I don’t think being a girl limits me in any way.” This young powerhouse has proven why she’s a force to be reckoned with, and reminds us of the power of breaking down social constructs.
From starring in the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games at age 12, to teaching the world about cultural appropriation, gender inequality and why #BlackLivesMatter with her essays and speeches, 17-year-old Amandla Sternberg has won over the internet by educating people on serious social issues affecting our current world. The rising star uses her platform to empower young girls and women to join STEM fields, where women are underrepresented, and has called out celebrities like Kylie Jenner for appropriating cornrows. She has spoken on gender equality at the UN Women conference, where she opened up about her own experiences with sexism and addressed the realities of gender inequality in America.
At age 15, Jazz Jennings became one of the youngest transgender women in history to publicly speak about Trans issues and was one of the first young girls to teach the world what the word “transgender” means. She first received national attention when she appeared on Barbara Walters’ show 20/20 as a young child. At just 15, Jennings – who was born male and transitioned with the help of her parents in as a toddler, – has started her series of YouTube videos about her life called I am Jazz, co-authored an autobiographical picture book for kids. She actively encourages all teens to stay true to who they are, whomever that may be.
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