International Women’s Day: 7 animated women characters we need to celebrate

 | Updated: Mar 05, 2021, 05:40 PM IST

Have we ever really given a thought as to why children love watching cartoons and animated movies? Well, the politically correct answer would be that it helps build their imagination and tingles creativity. But if you really think about it, you will know that the answer is pretty simple. To teach your young girls to be independent, face difficulties but find the solutions on their own. Here are five must-watch animated films with powerful female leads whose stories will inspire every little girl out there! 


Breaking orthodox gender barriers have never been better portrayed than Mulan. Mulan’s father is a war veteran who is summoned to fight a war despite being physically challenged and old. Mulan, a brave and confident girl, disguises as a man to take the place of her father and enlists herself in the army. The movie showcases an era where gender equality was laughed at and it was considered a shame if a woman ever crossed the line.

The live-action film is now available to stream on Disney+Hotstar


Raya and The Last Dragon

Set in the fantasy world of humans and dragons in a place called Kumandra, Raya is the latest addition of powerful female warriors in the Disney Animation family. On a quest to search the last legendary dragon, Raya defies all odds to restore peace and save the world. Voiced by an incredible cast that includes Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina, the film is all set to take you on a journey of a lifetime with its magnificent visuals and authentic cinematography that releases only in theatres on March 5 in India.

'Raya and The Last Dragon' is the perfect watch for 2021 if you’ve missed going to the cinemas with your family in the past year. 



Princesses Elsa and Anna are strong female characters with unique flaws of their own. The story narrates the journey of these princesses towards self-discovery in a drama-filled-adventurous way. Most importantly, the story of Frozen brings a whole new aversion to finding true love and sisterhood. With the sequel redefining warrior princesses, 'Frozen' can be streamed on Disney+Hotstar



'Moana' is curious girl, daughter of a chief and as her father says ‘is destined to take his place and lead the tribe’. But even as a little girl, Moana is drawn to the ocean like a moth to a flame. Aware of an upcoming danger, she ventures alone into the ocean to find Maui-the demigod to save the tribe. No love story, no hero, just a damsel who solves her own distress, thank you! Watch her story on Disney+Hotstar


The Breadwinner

A 2017 Oscar nominated film,'The Breadwinner' is set in Afghanistan where the Taliban rule under the Sharia law. A 11-year-old girl, Parvana is shouldered with a responsibility of feeding her family as her father is arrested by the soldiers of Taliban. Disguising herself as a boy, in the society that saw women and girls as second-class citizens with no rights, a fearless Parvana ventures a dangerous path to find her father and bring him back home. This critically acclaimed film can be streamed on Netflix



One of the bravest and fearless Disney princess Pocahontas is a Native American woman, who can jump off the waterfalls and have the courage to talk to John Smith when no one else can. She is the one who appreciates the beauty of the world around her and teaches Smith the importance and value of every single thing on the earth. The movie is streaming on Disney + Hotstar.



Merida from 'Brave' is one of the strongest and best feminist princess in the Disney world. Pixar's first female lead is the breath of fresh air among the princesses. She teaches us that it's fine to follow your own path and live your life on your choices and refuses to take things that are not meant for her.

She can live with pride and can protect herself and her kingdom without the help of Prince Charming. The movie of a strong-minded princess is currently streaming on Disney + Hotstar.