More Than Muses: The Badass Women of Disney

Amanda Niday

“Nevertheless, she persisted…”

Women are strong, intelligent, amazing beings, who’re still fighting to prove their worth and obtain equal rights. This same fight has spanned over hundreds of years, and we’re still going strong. In light of the solidarity of women around the world, we’re going through the timeline of film and art with  the amazing women of Disney. Through uncanny obstacles and slammed doors, these characters personified the relentless pursuit of their goals, dreams and hopes. No barrier was too large, and through them, we’re inspired to continue doing the same–even without the pros of 2D/3D  filters and effects.

Our Heroines:

Megara of Hercules

“I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.”

Nobody comes close to Meg in my book, but I’m a little biased when it comes to my favorite Disney lady. She’s a sassy little thing–who won’t even let Hades talk to her any type of way. She is completely confident in her opinions and strength. She’s also selfless, being that she gave up her life twice for the man she loves, while still managing to be an amazing independent soul. And let’s not forget to mention her fashion

sense is always on point–I mean who can keep winged eyeliner that perfect?

Tiana of  The Princess and the Frog

“The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.”

Tiana made history being the first African-American princess of Disney. She is one of the most hardworking women to be represented by the company. She has strong dreams, and won’t stop until they come true! Dependable and independent, Tiana is a down-to-earth woman, someone you’d be lucky to have in your life.

 

Merida of Brave

“Some say fate is beyond our command, but I know better. Our fate is within us.”

Merida–a strong-willed and rebellious red-haired lass–breaks the mold of the average Disney princess by showing girls they can do anything they set their mind to. She’s a skilled archer and is always down for a good adventure. If she wants something you bet she’s going to get it.

Kidagakash “Kida” Nedakh of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

“We are like a stone the ocean beats against.”

Kida is a strong skilled warrior. She is persistent in supporting her people and goes to great lengths to keep them safe–even to the extent of sacrificing herself for her people, being the selfless woman she is!

 

Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

“You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.”

Esmeralda, like a few of our other women, does not get enough credit for all she’s done. She is a fierce one with strong opinions she’s never scared to voice. When it comes to Frollo she always stands up for herself and her culture no matter the consequences–like many amazing women today still do. She never surrenders and always stands by her beliefs even when matters become life and death.

Moana

“I can lead with pride. I can make us strong.”

Moana is the newest addition to our leading ladies. Her journey entails the saving of her island, as learns who she is along the way. She’s one of the few to have a movie without a love interest, showing girls out there you don’t need a man to be amazing! She is able to use resourcefulness and persistence to save herself when her adventure gets rough. She ends up saving her people, because she’s a strong woman that can get things done!

Mulan

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

Through acts of selflessness and fearlessness, Mulan was the first Disney woman to prove ladies are an asset in combat contrary to popular belief. She trains with the boys and is just as strong as they are. Mulan is a warrior and was able to make way for women like Merida to come after her.

Princess Jasmine of Aladdin

“Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we are alike.”

Jasmine is an incredible woman who is not afraid to speak her mind no matter who she’s talking to. She stands up for others who need her help, as well as herself. Jasmine didn’t want to be a princess who just sat around in a palace, she wanted to take part in political discussions and speak her mind. There was also no way someone was going to pick her husband for her. Guess again if you thought she’d let that happen!

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