Moana is one of the better recent incarnations of Disney movies that embrace feminism and the inner strength of females. Moana’s story is all about her destiny, decisions, and adventure, not a tale of Moana waiting idly by for Prince Charming to come sweep her off her feet.
Moana embarks on a quest that not even her father (chief of the village) or the demi-god Maui are willing to complete. She shows the ability to be completely independent in a strange world by teaching herself everything from the basics of how to sail or how to fend off adorable pirates. Moana serves as the perfect role model for young children and women, she fends and thinks for herself and succeeds because of her own dreams and ambitions.
Watch Disney’s Moana on Amazon Video.
11. Celeste Wright (Big Little Lies)
Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) is such a strong excellent character and can be a great role model for women in similar situations to her. Wright is in a terribly abusive relationship with her husband, who constantly abuses her physically and emotionally, yet on the surface, it appears the pair have the perfect marriage…At least that’s what her friends tell her. Several times Wright considers abandoning her husband but is always drawn back due to her desire to a perfectly functional family and his manipulative ways.
Wright shares a great story of the grim reality of abusive relationships, inspiring others in the same situation to re-evaluate their surroundings. She suffers trauma from the beatings and the idea that is all her fault is deeply instilled into her brain. It’s easier to see a fictional character’s flaws than it is your own, and Wright does a fantastic job of putting these hidden secrets on full display.
Watch Big Little Lies on HBO with your Amazon Channels access.
What does it mean to be strong? Physically powerful, successful, rich? Fleabag defies all of these tropes by illustrating a wonderfully written (yet strangely nameless) character that despite not possessing any of the aforementioned qualities, would be hard pressed to be described as anything other than strong.
Fleabag is underachieving in life and could be described as a damaged product. She is constantly compared to her sister Claire, who is married and has a successful career; however, nobody really ever wants to be Claire. Her career is tedious and her marriage isn’t that great either. There are expectations passed down to women that they constantly need to excel and be great at everything but that is exhausting and Fleabag embraces her failures which is refreshing to see.
Watch Fleabag Seasons 1 and 2 with Amazon Prime Video.