While she has portrayed fierce women on the screen, including the dangerous Gail in Sin City, Rosario Dawson is just as strong a woman in real life.
Born in New York City to writer and singer Isabel Celeste, who was only 16 years old when she became pregnant, Rosario’s was raised by her mother and Greg Dawson. The couple later moved Rosario and her half-brother Clay to an abandoned building, and fixed up the apartment throughout the years while raising the children.
There’s no doubt that growing up in this kind of environment has shaped Rosario into the independent and successful woman that she is today. In fact, she adapted this life motto:
If you wanted something better, you had to do it all yourself.
Read on to learn why the powerful Rosario Dawson is our #WCW.
By: Zeila Edrial
Rosario Dawson’s acting career began at age 15. She was discovered in front of her home and was casted in director Larry Clark’s movie, Kids. Rosario went on to star in various other movies, including Josie and the Pussycats, Rent, and Men in Black II. She currently plays Claire Temple in the Netflix Marvel shows, which include Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
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Although Rosario Dawson is now a famous actress, she never forgot about her roots.
Rosario is a very outspoken activist and constantly defends people who otherwise have no voice. She uses her fame to bring attention to issues that she feels are being neglected. And that is what makes her so admirable. In an interview with The Progressive, she states:
Yeah, I champion people. I really care about people. Not everybody gets how I grew up in my household, where you’re told you’re loved every day and hugged and how important this is. And that you can be anything you want to be. I’ve learned that you can do it all.
She supports many causes, including Doctors Without Borders and The Nature Conservancy. This multi-racial actress is also the co-founder of Voto Latino, an organization that educates fellow Latinos and empowers them to “become agents of change.”
More recently, Rosario Dawson has asked people to not forget about Puerto Rico, which is still trying to fully recover after getting hit by Hurricane Maria this past September.
She has voiced her dissatisfaction with how the crisis was handled. Puerto Rico is still in need of help and supplies, especially more food and water. She told Vulture:
These are Americans — for people who care about that distinction. But as we keep moving on trend-wise and hashtag-wise to other issues, we need to remember that these are things that take a long time to make a difference. It’s going to be several months until there’s even full power in Puerto Rico.
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Rosario can also be found on Twitter, speaking up on the issues that matter to her. Twitter gives her an outlet to express her political views that she can’t necessarily voice while on the red carpet. She understands that some people may have a distaste for celebrities with strong opinions, but it doesn’t bother her. But she states that it’s “kind of a given that I’d have very strong opinions on everything,” due to her environment growing up.
She told Mother Jones:
The reason we do activism is because, maybe you haven’t been raped or abused, but there are millions of people who can’t say the same, and when you hear their stories you may be a little bit compelled.
We celebrate Rosario Dawson’s big heart and unwavering strength.
Rosario isn’t afraid to speak up for what she believes in. She readily calls out anyone (including the President) when she doesn’t agree with them. She is a defender of peoples’ rights. That is why she deserves to be a #WomenCrushWednesday.
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