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The most feminist characters in Disney

No, feminism and Disney aren't strange bedfellows, in fact, they're pretty cosy together, thanks very much.

You need only look at the various female characters coming out of Walt's studio of late, such as Merida in Brave and Elsa in Frozen, to recognise that the female leads in Disney movies are just as awesome and fearless, if not more so, than the men they star alongside with.

But we'd also argue that it's not just the more recent roles, it's also the older characters, such as the fiercely intelligent Belle in Beauty and the Beast, who reject the typical damsel in distress stereotype.

To prove our point, we've selected 15 of some of our favourite feminist Disney characters. If you think we've missed anyone out, tell us in the comments below.

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