6 Women From History That Deserve to Be Disney Princesses

Bob Greene / Mashable
The making of Disney princesses is always an interesting one. Some of them are inspired by classic fairytales, some of them are inspired by historical events, and some of them are completely made up by Disney and their creative team. 
I obviously adore them all, but there's something special about princesses (or characters in general) that are inspired by history. The connection to the character feels deeper once you know there is truth to the story.
Unfortunately, a lot of companies avoid doing this because it's too risky. Depicting history as an entertaining family-friendly cartoon can be complicated. You want to be historically accurate but you don't want to be too offensive, either. (Especially after the Pocahontas controversy.)
Disney probably won't be making a bunch of history-inspired princess films anytime soon, but if they do, it would be so-frickin-badass if they included these fierce women. I'm talking to you, Disney!

Queen Boudicca

We always hear about strong kings and strong male military generals in history class. But what about Queen Boudicca? The Celtic queen passionately led 100,000 soldiers without even breaking a sweat. Her and her soldiers are the reason the Roman army abandoned London. Yaaaas queen! (Literally, because she's a queen.)


Thank God for Egypt. You may know Hatshepsut as the first female Pharaoh of Egypt. Let's just say this...she came, and she REALLY conquered. (For 22 years, too!) For over two decades, this woman managed to fight for her throne all while building some of the most iconic temples we see today, including Deir el-Bahri. This all happened in 1478 B.C. too. If we took after the Egyptians, we wouldn't have to worry about fighting for equal rights!


It's no secret that men didn't like doing business with woman for uh...most of history. However, Lozen wasn't into the business of being discriminated against for her gender. Although her life was quite tragic, she proved herself to be a badass warrior with intellect that surpassed most of the men she worked with. She almost always accurately predicted the movements of the U.S. Cavalry. Talk about girl power. 


When you're the daughter of a Hindu goddess, you know there must be something special about you. When Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, King of Lanka...all hell broke loose. Luckily, her husband saved her and Sita proved her chastity and integrity. This is just a Disney movie waiting to happen!

Princess Pyeonggang

Her never-ending crying as a child annoyed her father so much, so he jokingly threatened her by saying if she didn't stop, he would marry her to the dumbest man in the kingdom, Ondal the Fool. When she finally was a teenager, she rebelled against her father and actually DID marry Ondal, while her father wanted to marry her to a rich, successful nobleman. Ondal and Pyeonggang lived quite happily and built their empire together. This is the level of petty we all look up to.

Nana Miriam 

Let's talk about how awesome Nana Miriam is. First of all, she has MAGIC POWERS. She was the daughter of Fara Mako, a very strong man that taught her everything she needed to know about the world. (This sounds like a Disney movie already!) After her village was being tortured by a hippopotamus that kept ruining their crops, she thought it was appropriate to take action. Naturally, she went to battle with it and ended up twirling it above her head and tossing the thing in the Niger river. You better slay, Nana!

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