If you’ve been on Tumblr ever, you may remember a few popular posts about the Disney feature film Frozen, like this one:

frozen
via singingdisneyfreak

Or maybe this one:

mulan saves the day
via Pinterest

When I laid eyes on these, and other posts like them, I was filled with the righteous fury of a woman raised during the Disney renaissance. Frozen was certainly not the first Disney film to feature capable, independent women who are not saved by men. Nor was it the first to show sisterly love, or pass the Bechdel test, or not feature a wedding at the end. Though they may have huge doe eyes and impossible waistlines, Disney’s heroines have been holding their own for a while (even Cinderella). In this, what the Collectress and I have been calling our “Feminist Disney” series, we will highlight women who leave Elsa and Anna in the dust.

The themes of exploration and independence are common in children’s movies, but there are three Disney heroines who exemplify these ideas. Pocahontas, Jane, and Rapunzel are great examples of “strong female characters” (if you want to use that term) who do not require the expertise of men to save them.