Rowan Blanchard has been one of the loudest young voices of feminism coming from Hollywood. The 14-year-old star of Girl Meets World recently penned an essay on intersectional feminism, and in a recent interview with EW, she talked about the “sisterhood” she’s found with fellow feminists.
But in a new interview with Just Jared Jr., she clarified that “sisterhood” is much different from a “squad” — a term often coupled on social media with pictures of groups of young women.
“Of course female friendship is a beautiful thing. It’s insanely powerful. Sisterhood is something so valid and important when you are growing up that I literally think the essence of it should be taught in schools,” Blanchard said. “But, the ‘squads’ we see in the media are very polarizing. Feminism and friendship are supposed to be inclusive, and most of these ‘squads’ are strictly exclusive. It makes feminism look very one dimensional.
“Feminism is so multilayered and complex,” she continued, “that it can be frustrating when the media and the celebrities involved in it make feminism and ‘squads’ feel like this very happy, exclusive, perfect thing. There’s so much more than that. ‘Squad goals’ can polarize anyone who is not white, thin, tall and always happy.”
Blanchard’s August essay touched on those final points, calling for feminism to look beyond “white feminism.” “The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different from the way a white woman experiences sexism and inequality,” she wrote at the time. “Likewise with trans-women and Hispanic women.”
Read Blanchard’s full interview at Just Jared Jr.