On Saturday, Jan. 21, women across the country will be coming together for Women's Marches designed to champion human rights. On her Instagram page, Rowan Blanchard revealed she is speaking at the Women's March in Los Angeles, California. Her announcement is just one more reminder it is never too soon to become politically active.
The Girl Meets World star is 15 years old and is already one of Hollywood's most outspoken advocates for human rights. At her young age, Blanchard has given an inspiring speech at the UN's Women's Conference, written passionate essays about sexuality, feminism, and depression, and joined a protest after the election of Donald Trump. When she stands alongside the likes of Jane Fonda, Alfre Woodard, and Idina Menzel at L.A.'s Women's March, she will once again be reminding the world the next generation have a voice and they will not stay quiet simply because they haven't reached voting age.
Young women could not ask for a better role model than Blanchard. Her speech is sure to be one of many highlights from tomorrow's event, and it's so valuable to hear the voice of a teen alongside those of adult women. By giving Blanchard the opportunity to speak, the L.A. March is ensuring the hopes and concerns of women of all ages are heard and respected.
In her post, Blanchard wrote:
Only 2 days until the #WomensMarch (s) happening around the world ! I am so honored to be speaking at @womensmarchla#wmla #womensmarchla everyone who believes and will fight for human rights is welcome.
It's so easy to let negativity define your speech or mood during this confusing political moment, but let the Women's Marches remind you no one can take away your ability to stand up for what you believe in. Blanchard is a teen who won't be able to legally vote until the next election cycle, but she believes in her power as a woman and a citizen of America to make a difference. Her voice, and the voice of every other woman speaking or marching in rallies across the country on Saturday matter.
Let Blanchard's confidence and continued motivation to make the world a better place for women of all ages inspire you to do the same. It doesn't matter if you are 15 or 73, or if your candidate lost — there is work to be done to preserve the inalienable human rights of women and minorities, and you can help. Start by checking out Blanchard's speech tomorrow; I have a feeling her words will have you on your feet and ready to take action no matter your age.