If you have little girls who love nothing more than a Disney Princess (or all of them), you’re hardly alone.
But if you’re a parent who cringes just a little at all of the fluttering eyelashes, dramatic sighs and cries of hopelessness when it appears as if a love is lost forever — only to feel as if her life is complete when that love is then found — you’ve got some company, too.
David Trumble, a former award-winning political cartoonist for The Sun newspaper who is now a freelance artist and illustrator, was disturbed by the recent Change.org petition citing a distorted image of Princess Merida, whom he tells Babble “needs no augmentation to be a valuable role model for young girls.”
It’s not that Trumble minds the sparkles that come along with princesses, but “such a simplistic, sexualized view of women is redundant in this day and age.”
While some of Disney’s princesses simply are who they are — “The other [Disney] princesses are still examples of a rather dismissive, homogenised view of the fairer sex, but most of them were created many decades back in a time where that was more acceptable, and so while I don’t approve of that image being shoved down girls throats, I can understand that they are of their time,” he tells Babble — he thinks girls today can do well, and better, even, if they also look to actual women with real accomplishments.
So he princess-ed up some real women in satiric illustrations (that we first saw on The Huffington Post) — think Princess Anne Frank and Princess Harriet Tubman, among others — to make the point that there are plenty of women who are the real deal and don’t need sparkles to shine.
That being said, I still wonder if girls are turned on to some real role models initially because they’re a little dolled-up, and then stay with them because of what they do (or did) and not what they look like, is that the worst thing in the world?
Take a look and decide for yourself:
Princess Role Models 1 of 12
Illustrations by David Trumble
Princess Gloria Steinem 2 of 12
If your girls enjoy the opportunity to study beside, compete against and hold their heads as high as your boys, tell them there's one woman in particular they need to thank.
Princess Jane Goodall 3 of 12
All animals should have a champion as educated, dedicated, passionate and brilliant.
Princess Malala Yousafzai 4 of 12
A better friend to education than perhaps education has ever known.
Princes Anne Frank 5 of 12
A writer, thinker and girl of great strength — all beyond her years.
Princess Harriet Tubman 6 of 12
Princess Hillary Clinton 7 of 12
Attorney. First Lady. Senator. Secretary of State. Madame President?
Princess Marie Curie 8 of 12
Whoever said women are inferior at science never bumped into Marie Curie in a chemistry lab.
Princess Rosa Parks 9 of 12
If the first lady of civil rights can't wear a tiara, no one should. Anywhere. Ever.
Princess Ruth Bader Ginsberg 10 of 12
Gender equality advocates have rarely had a better ally than this Supreme Court Justice.
Princess Susan B. Anthony 11 of 12
Think this suffrage champion will be denied the right to vote her way anywhere she wants to go? Think again.
World of Women 12 of 12
For more from David Trumble, visit his website.
All images used with permission from David Trumble
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