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14 Reasons Why Cruella De Vil Is Secretly A Feminist Hero

Just put aside the whole "killing puppies thing" for like a minute.

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1. She is a successful career woman who runs her own business.

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2. Unlike most managers, Cruella immediately recognizes her talented female employee.

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3. And even demonstrates interest in Anita's personal life.

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4. She uses her position of power and relative privilege to lift up other women.

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5. And this is Cruella's face when Anita tells her that she plans to quit her job once she gets married.

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Also, Anita.... Come on, girl. Lean in.

6. And when Anita decides to marry a man after spending ONE afternoon with him (which even for Disney standards is INSANE)...

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7. Cruella is duly skeptical.

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Production company Walt Disney Pictures/ Great Oaks Productions
Production company Walt Disney Pictures/ Great Oaks Productions

This is also the point in the movie where we learn that Anita, an adult woman, still has a nanny.

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Sound familiar?

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8. Cruella's so successful that she can throw down £7,500 for some puppies like it's no big deal.

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9. She is surrounded by inept men who are outsmarted by baby dogs. Sad.

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Production company Walt Disney Pictures/ Great Oaks Productions

10. Between running her own company and orchestrating elaborate puppy heists, Cruella still finds the time to look amazing in every scene.

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Production company Walt Disney Pictures/ Great Oaks Productions
Production company Walt Disney Pictures

11. She maintains her razor-sharp wit even in moments of duress. Like when this rodent stole her hat.

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Production company Walt Disney Pictures/ Great Oaks Productions

12. She has no need for babies.

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13. But above all, Cruella goes after what she wants and she doesn't give a damn what other people think.

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By the end of the movie: Roger enjoys professional success and creates a hit video game...

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14. ...Anita has quit her job to stay home with her baby even though she has a nanny...

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Production company Walt Disney Pictures/ Great Oaks Productions

...and a powerful, opinionated woman has been dragged through the literal mud.

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Cruella is amazing and this movie villainized working women. I love you, Cruella!

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*Except for the part about you wanting to turn puppies into coats, which is admittedly difficult to overlook.

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