Strong Female Role Models in the Disney Movies ...


When we think about Disney’s female role models our mind inevitably turns to the princesses and eponymous heroines.

But there are so many other really strong female characters that fly under the radar.

Here are some of my favorites.

I bet they jog a “oh yeah, she’s great” response in you!

1. Nala (the Lion King)

Nala (the Lion King)

Come on, you know it, I know it, we all know it, if Nala had not decided to venture into the desert to find adult Simba, then Scar would have been able to take over the entire animal kingdom and The Lion King would have had a very different ending!

The young lioness’s courage and conviction is the true turning point in the entire film.

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2. Kanga (the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

Kanga (the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

The adorable and loveable characters of Hundred Acre Wood are a pretty rag tag bunch really.

With all their scrapes and adventures, they need someone to look after them.

Step up Kanga.

Not only is she mom to baby Roo, but she's a strong mother figure to all the creatures of the woodland.

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3. Wendy (Peter Pan)

Wendy (Peter Pan)

For such a young girl, Wendy took a lot of responsibility in her stride.

She was not only a mother figure to the Lost Boys in Neverland, but also had the courage to stand up for herself and let Peter Pan know at some point, he was going to have to grow up and save the day.

We also see at many points during the film that she is completely fearless, a great quality to have.

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4. Mrs. Potts (Beauty & the Beast)

Mrs. Potts (Beauty & the Beast)

Voiced by the legendary Angela Lansbury, Mrs.

Potts is pretty much the matriarch of Beast’s enchanted castle and she knows how to get things done!

She looks out for all of the magical household staff, including her incredibly cute son Chip, and is one of the first to welcome Belle into the community and make her feel less scared and more at home.

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Megara (Hercules)
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