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27 Feminist Disney Moments That Unapologetically Smashed The Patriarchy

Breaking traditional gender norms, one song at a time.

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We recently asked followers of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite feminist Disney moments. Here are the brilliant results.

1. Elastigirl proving that women are just as strong as men in the The Incredibles.

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2. Princess Jasmine rejecting her father's expectations and traditional standards of marriage.

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3. Mulan fighting in the army and saving all of China.

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Submitted by Alreem Kamal, Facebook

4. And beating all of the men by reaching the arrow in "I'll Make a Man Out of You."

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Submitted by Danielle Harrington, Facebook

5. Princess Merida breaking the tradition of marriage by shooting for her own hand in Brave.

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Submitted by Miranda Hermanski, Facebook

6. Belle breaking stereotypes by being a well-educated woman in a 1800s French village.

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Submitted by Alyssa Bjorkquist, Facebook

7. And rejecting Gaston's marriage proposal and misogynistic tendencies.

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Submitted by Alyssa Bjorkquist, Facebook

8. Ariel singing this incredibly powerful line in "Part of Your World."

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Submitted by Tirsa Spiller, Facebook

9. Princess Tiana prevailing against racism and never losing sight of her dream restaurant.

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10. Widow Tweed royally winning the car chase against Amos Slade in The Fox and the Hound.

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Walt Disney Pictures / Netflix

Submitted by Sarah Murillo, Facebook

11. Go Go's beautiful edit of a typically sexist phrase against the boys in Big Hero 6.

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Submitted by Jill Garrison, Facebook

12. Nani raising Lilo when their parents died, and never giving up for a better life, even when she lost her job.

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Submitted by Rebecca Bernard, Facebook

13. Maleficent demonstrating that true love's kiss doesn't necessarily have to be between a man and a woman.

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Submitted by abbydad123

14. Meg shutting down Hercules' classic manly rescue.

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Submitted by JillAnn Meunier, Facebook

15. The groundbreaking feminist song number, "Sister Suffragette," from Mary Poppins.

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Submitted by Rachael Crawley, Facebook

16. Elsa escaping society's expectations of who she should be and deciding to be her true self.

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Submitted by Laura Coy Zavala, Facebook

17. And Anna showing her bravery by saving Elsa from Hans.

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Submitted by Sarah Daugherty, Facebook

18. Marie proving women are just as physically tough as men in The Aristocats.

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Submitted by Patricia Keegan, Facebook

19. Giselle catching Robert at the end of Enchanted, proving that the prince isn't always the one who saves the princess.

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Submitted by Spencer Althouse, Facebook

20. Cruella de Vil never taking insults from anyone while being the ultimate boss of her own business.

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Submitted by Jessica Bri Lawrence, Facebook

21. The Beret Girl's fierce rejection of Bradley Uppercrust III's condescending comments in An Extremely Goofy Movie.

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Submitted by Rachel Torento, Facebook

22. Esmeralda fighting for the outcasts and making sure everyone in the world has equality.

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Submitted by Lindsay Moore, Facebook

23. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather saving the kingdom with their magic in Sleeping Beauty.

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Submitted by Tim Tran, Facebook

24. Rapunzel finally finding her strength and standing up to Mother Gothel.

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Submitted by Brie Lowrey, Facebook

25. Mia Thermopolis' killer speech about ruling Genovia without a king in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Submitted by Tirsa Spiller, Facebook
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Submitted by Tirsa Spiller, Facebook

26. Pocahontas choosing to stay behind with her tribe instead of following John Smith to Europe.

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27. And Walt Disney's own interpretation of Cinderella.

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