Pocahontas is an essential leading lady of Disney, who graced in a era of Disney princesses that came to be during the 1990’s feminist era. She was one of many princesses who graced my VHS player as a small child and taught me about being a woman.
Women help each other
Nakoma, who is Pocahontas’s’ best friend, is often found helping Pocahontas do multiple things in the film, including speaking to John Smith after his capture. She also provides a level head and tries to reason with her, but in the end chooses to always support her friend, which is what all women should do for one another.
Listen to the people that came before you
Grandmother Willow is the elder figure, who carries much wisdom from her years of life. She teaches Pocahontas lessons that we can also learn from our own elders, and we shouldn’t ignore that knowledge because it won’t be available from them forever.
Do not be afraid of what’s different
Pocahontas is clearly an adventurous person, who observes and takes risks and is not afraid to interact with what is new. She also teaches John Smith to look at the world differently, which is also an important reason. Society teaches that women should be careful, suspect, and afraid, when we should really be taking risks and not fearing the world.
Define your own path
There are two paths for everyone, the smoothest course which is following what others want, and taking the path that is less calm and steady, but more worthwhile in the end. We should, like Pocahontas, take the second path in our life and reclaim our purpose to what we want to do and be.
Do what you believe is right
Pocahontas strongly believed that starting a war and killing John Smith was not the right thing to do, so she literally threw herself into the situation to do what she thought was the right thing. There are many injustices in the world, especially against women, and we should fight for what we believe in, because if we don’t, know one will.