Rowan Blanchard is a ray of light. Many people think 2016 has turned out to be a stale potato chip: hard to swallow, chewy, and altogether just worse than it was supposed to be. Still, despite being a year that historians may cringe at, there are a number of people who have fought to change the world for the better this year.
If you are an activist at heart, or just support people who want to make the world a better place, here are 12 stars you need to know in 2017.
From standing with the Sioux Reservation in protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline to breaking gender barriers, we end the year celebrating these stars.
See if the star who supports your favorite cause made the list. If not, email us at email@example.com.
1. Shailene Woodley
This past year, Shailene Woodley proved herself to be far more than an actress, using her fame and her platform to raise awareness for and to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, a crude oil line that may taint the water supply for Standing Rock, a sacred Native American site. Shailene not only posted about the injustice on Instagram, but she also went to North Dakota herself to protest, getting arrested in the process, but coming back stronger than ever.
2. Rowan Blanchard
Rowan Blanchard has been hailed a feminist icon, and for good reason: she uses her Instagram to post about causes that are meaningful to her, from the election to the patriarchy, and she speaks out whenever she can about what feminism means to her and its impact on the world. Rowan is a hopeful indicator that the new generation is smart, thoughtful, and progressive — and that our future may be bright after all.
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