Earlier this summer, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard spoke at the UN Women’s annual conference about gender inequality. Now, the 13-year-old has responded to a Tumblr user who asked her about “white feminism” by penning an essay about the importance of intersectional feminism and how women of different backgrounds experience inequality in different ways.
“’White feminism’ forgets all about intersectional feminism,” Blanchard wrote on Tumblr. “The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different from the way a white woman experiences sexism and inequality. Likewise with trans-women and Hispanic women. While white women are making 78 cents to the dollar, Native American women are making 65 cents, black women are making 64 cents, and Hispanic women are making 54 cents.”
Emma Watson, who serves as an ambassador for UN Women, praised Blanchard’s essay on Twitter.
In her essay, Rowland cites law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, who has spoken frequently about cultural appropriation and the double standard surrounding black female sexuality.
“To only acknowledge feminism from a one sided view when the literal DEFINITION is the equality of the sexes is not feminism at all,” Blanchard added. “We need to be talking about this more. Discussion leads to change.”
Read Blanchard’s entire essay below.
WANT MORE EW? Subscribe now to keep up with the latest in movies, television, music, and more.