Disney princesses have been inspiring and empowering young women for many generations and so many Disney princesses have been groundbreaking in their time. The women of Disney lore are no mere damsels in distress — they are strong women who fight the status quo and for what's right in the world. From Belle to Mulan, these women characters show that being a Disney princesses is more than just having a crown and ballgown.
Being a Disney princess doesn't just mean being of storybook royal blood — both Moana and Pocahontas are chief's daughters, Mulan is a warrior and not royal at all, and Tiana is an aspiring chef. The diversity in these princesses makes these characters all the more exciting. And even the princesses who are traditional wearers of crowns and gowns have tough situations they must overcome, like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, and Snow White, along with Anna and Elsa in Frozen. I can't help but be very pleased with all the strong (and very different) ladies that young girls get to grow up and see as role models.
Check out the following Disney princesses who were totally groundbreaking in their time.