To say that women have been making huge strides in regards to gender equality during this past year, would be an understatement. People are starting to take interest in intersectional feminism, thanks to influential women like Viola Davis (who is the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress), who pointed out just how different races and ethnicities are treated in the eyes of feminism. Intersectional Feminism is as described by the Telegraph,
“the view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together…Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.”
Two women who really made the mark this year, are surprisingly young. Amandla Stenberg (best known for her portrayal of Rue in the Hunger Games), age 17, and Rowan Blanchard (best known for her portrayal of Riley Matthews on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World), age 14, are this year’s Celebrity Feminists of the Year.
Stenberg is known for addressing cultural appropriation, and similarly to Viola Davis, intersectional feminism. She has acted as a guiding light for young women to learn to speak their minds and stand up for themselves.
Blanchard, who spoke at the UN Women Conference about our need for gender equality, has also addressed intersectional feminism in a very thoughtfully worded Instagram essay:
Both of these young ladies are clearly making their mark on the world, and letting everyone know that you’re never too young to make a difference.