1. The later 90s-era Disney princesses
The first few — Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty– were pretty much useless for any independent woman yearning for adventure. But in the 90’s, Disney Princess started capturing the angst of getting trapped in a fairy-tale story you never wanted for yourself. Pocohontas complains about “a handsome sturdy husband who builds handsome sturdy walls, but never dreams that something might be coming.” Belle from Beauty and the Beast convinces herself “There must be something more than this provincial life.” Thank God movies like Frozen have continued the trend and started creating female characters relatable to ladies with wanderlust.