Rowan Blanchard
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In woke badass tween news, Rowan Blanchard (read: feminist role model and Girl Meets World star) revealed in the April issue of Interview that she became a feminist after she was catcalled at the age of 12.

When Blanchard, now 14-years-old, and her friend were waiting to get picked up outside of a movie theater, a man asked them, “You guys need a ride anywhere?” That moment became a turning point for her.

“I just remember sitting there feeling my heart sink into my stomach. It was such a surreal moment,” she said. “Because I always see that happening in front of me; I always see girls getting catcalled. But up until that point, I hadn’t experienced it. And it was like I was out-of-body for a second. I had seen that in movies, on TV, on the news. But when it happens to you, it’s like, ‘Oh crap, this is real; people look at me this way. And people look at other girls this way.’ I went home that night and didn’t tell anybody. I didn’t tell my parents because I was ashamed that it was what I was wearing.”

She noted that she and her friends were wearing skirts.

After having it happen to her, Blanchard began noticing the blatant and disgusting discrimination against women everywhere.

“When you’re watching your favorite TV show, you see a joke that maybe would have gone over your head a month ago. You can’t escape it,” Blanchard says. “There’s nothing you can do except endure it and try and speak out about it. So that’s what I tried to do.”

Using her platform as a Disney Channel star, Blanchard has spoken out about an all-inclusive, intersectional feminism. She even penned a beautiful essay on the topic on Tumblr last August.

At her tender age, Blanchard is doing more for feminism that most adults. If children are the future, I feel pretty good about Rowan Blanchard leading the way.