I don't know about you, but growing up, a lot of my worldview was shaped by movies. Lady & the Tramp taught me about true love, The Lion King taught me to stay away from elephant graveyards — all equally important progressive lessons. In fact, movies taught me a lot of pretty good lessons when I was a kid. Looking back, I think you'll agree, these 17 movies from your childhood were super progressive, more than you might have ever realized.
Now, when I say a movie is progressive, I don't mean that it has overtly liberal themes or that it campaigned for Bernie Sanders. Progressive movies from childhood are really just movies that planted the seeds for progressive thoughts and ideals. For example, Mulan helped advance the idea that women are equal to men without actually ramming it down our throats (unless, of course, you are Mike Pence). Now, without getting into the whole history of the Progressive movement, let's just agree that in terms of films, progressive just means advancing the ideas of equality across races and genders, advocating for the environment and peace, and exposing audiences to other cultures and social norms. At the end of the day, I'm not sure there's anything more progressive than being willing to listen to others, to extend an understanding, and that's something all these movies allow us to do.