If you’re looking for lessons on girl power, look no further than a Disney movie. Disney ladies are no damsels in distress, but doyennes that will stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. They’re witty and resourceful, and aren’t afraid to step up in the face of a challenge. Inspired by the original list of Disney Women Who Are Absolute Bosses, we present part two of Disney dames we’ll always admire:
Judy Hopps from Zootopia
Officer Hopps is one tough bunny. Despite being told from the very beginning–by just about everybody, including her parents–that she could never achieve her dream of becoming a police officer, she never loses sight of her goal. She stays true to herself on her path to earning her badge, from realizing and working on her flaws to holding others accountable to do the right thing.
Moana from Moana
Like Judy Hopps, Moana must overcome her parents’ protective perspectives to realize her true potential. She constantly faces struggle both internally and externally, yet she still musters up the courage to voyage out into the ocean as the first of her people on a wild quest to face sea monsters and a demi-god … entirely on her own. Talk about a #BossLady.
Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
From her tambourine skills to her proud individuality to her dedication to standing up for what’s right, Esmeralda has always been a worthy role model. She’s never afraid to call out injustice and protect those who are treated unfairly. In addition to being powerful, independent, selfless, and cunning, she’s totally our girl crush.
Jane Porter from Tarzan
Jane Porter is not to be messed with. She’ll scold the heck out of any baboon that steals her sketches, but she’s also a huge lover of art, nature, and science. Jane is fearless and determined in everything she does, from swinging on vines, to speaking Gorilla, to leaping into the ocean when she realizes she wants to stay with Tarzan. 10/10 would LOVE to be her BFF.
Megara from Hercules
Megara is another Disney lady not to be trifled with. After all, even in the face of imminent danger, she keeps her cool. We’ll always cheer extra loud when she says, “I’m a damsel. I’m in distress. I can handle this. Have a nice day.” Her irreverence and confidence inspires us to be the fiercest versions of ourselves every day.
Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Kida is the warrior princess we all aspire to be. Though stubborn at times, she has a kind heart and wants what’s best for her people. She protects Atlantis with a fierce strength, yet is able to see the best in strangers like Milo. Not to mention, she becomes a glowing emblem of girl power when she connects with the crystal.
Sergeant Calhoun from Wreck-It Ralph
If you’re in a sticky situation, you’ll want to be on the good side of Sergeant Calhoun. She’s tough-as-nails and will stop at nothing to protect the player. Calhoun is always armed with serious weaponry and even better comebacks like: “All right, ladies! The kitten whispers and tickle fights stop now!”
Mary Poppins from Mary Poppins
We’ll always be indebted to Mary Poppins for teaching us that anything can be made better with a spoonful of sugar. The magically magnificent nanny is chock full of greatness and wisdom. She gives chores a whole new meaning, subverts judgmental expectations like they’re nobody’s business, and always comes dressed to the nines. After all, who wouldn’t want a bag that can virtually fit anything and everything like hers?!
Sarabi from The Lion King
Sarai is the underrated heroine of Pride Rock, in our opinion. She is a literal queen but also guides the other lions with grace and dignity. In the face of a tyrant like Scar and his gang of hyenas, she doesn’t cower in fear. She stands up to the injustice and leads the hunting pack to survive, fight back, and restore order to the kingdom.
Nani from Lilo & Stitch
What we love about Nani is that she is so darn relatable. She can be clumsy and awkward sometimes, and we love it. Plus, she is the master of eye rolling. That said, despite the occasional name-calling, nothing will deter her sisterly love for Lilo. She always puts Lilo before herself and is constantly looks out for Lilo’s best interests. Her protective yet kind nature makes us wish she could be our big sister too.
GoGo Tomago from Big Hero 6
GoGo is the hardcore, engineering mastermind that nobody should ever cross. She’s a daredevil with a need for speed (plus, we can always count on her to have some extra gum on hand). She’s not the chatterbox of the group but makes up for it bluntness and sarcasm. We love that GoGo’s cool under pressure yet hilariously impatient for goofballs like Fred. She’s welcome in our girl squad any day.
Chicha from The Emperor’s New Groove
Chicha is absolutely a force to be reckoned with. Her dry humor and wit make outsmarting the evil Yzma look like a day of play with the kids. You definitely don’t want to be on her bad side, especially if she’s within reach of a pan. Let’s face it, she is the mom we all hope to be someday.
What other Disney boss ladies do you look up to? Let us know in the comments below!