18 Cartoon Characters Who Are Actual Feminist Icons

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You might not have realized it as a kid, but a whole load of your favorite childhood cartoons featured feminist characters. There are a ton of smart, strong and sassy women in the animated world, and it’s high time we praised them. Take Lisa Simpson, for example: who didn’t want to be a smart, self-assured girl like her? Or there’s Mulan, officially the most badass woman in Imperial China. She didn’t let arbitrary gender roles and her patriarchal society stop her from saving her family – and her country.

These two aren’t the only cartoon feminist icons out there by any means: in fact, they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a rundown of TV and film’s most unabashedly feminist animated women. Did any of them inspire you to fight the good fight?