"What, for you, is the essence of being a woman?", said one of the judges to Sushmita Sen, one of the candidates at the 1994 Miss Universe. She then answered that to be a woman alone is a gift. And that to be a woman means to be able to bear a child and show a man how it is to be loved; Sharing and caring belong to a woman, for her. Indeed, she won the heart of the world, or the universe rather, and her winning answer made a hallmark in the societal definition of a lady. For years and years, women have been identified as the gender who is supposed to be desired and taken care of; The gender whose roles used to revolve around nurturing her child and staying at home to do the chores. However, women are constantly changing, and in this day and age, their representation in films is also slowly progressing.
Perhaps, one of the biggest paradigm shifts in the world happened when the 2014 Disney fantasy film Maleficent arrived in the silver screen. For the longest time, we have been taught that a true love's kiss would mean a prince has to kiss Aurora for her to wake up. It wasn't clearly the case! It just proved to us that true love could also come from a mother's care. Yet, a detour to Asia paved the way for Mulan (1998) to break the damsel-in-distress image of women in movies. Men always had to fight the bad guys and rescue women but Mulan audaciously tells us that the responsibility of taking care of women is upon themselves. Truly, an epitome of strength in femininity. These are just two of the most women-empowering movies that we've gathered for you. Head to the list below for more modern feminist movies on Disney+!
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