After a U.S. official suggested this week that Anna and Elsa from Frozen could be good ambassadors for fighting climate change, we got to thinking about how some other Disney Princesses could wield their mighty influence on young American minds.
Princess Diana raised awareness about AIDS and land mines after her fairy-tale wedding glow faded, so why shouldn't Disney Princesses be do-gooders, too? Here are some ways these fictional characters could change the world.
Mulan (from Mulan)
She could fight for increased protections for women in the military, especially when it comes to being sexually assaulted or filmed in the shower. She could also fight to reform the hairstyle rules for military women, so that no female soldier ever has to give herself a terrible haircut with her dad's sword ever again.
Belle (from Beauty and the Beast)
She could campaign for child literacy programs and for more online education options for people who live in boring towns. She could also be a vocal advocate for increased social security and adult-home-care programs to reduce wolf attacks among the elderly.
Ariel (from The Little Mermaid)
She could be an spokesperson to clean up the oceans and save the diversity of species under the sea. She could also fight for immigration reform, so that evil witches stop taking advantage of anyone who wants to cross a border. And she could do it all in mime.
Pocahontas (from Pocahontas)
Her conflict resolution skills could make her an excellent candidate to be a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, especially in areas with indigenous tensions. She could also fight to eliminate corporal punishment and serve on the board of Save America's Forests.
Cinderella (from Cinderella)
She could fight for a higher minimum wage in the service industry and advocate for increased protections against child labor. She could also secretly fight to lower estate taxes so that other children of rich parents don't end up poor like her.
Tiana (from The Princess and the Frog)
The star of the New Orleans fairy tale could demand a larger investment in small businesses and an increased environmental commitment to global warming to reduce the rising waters that threaten her hometown.
Jasmine (from Aladdin)
She could be a vocal advocate for the rights of women in the Middle East, and could fight for an expansion of girls' education in that region. She could also oppose any laws that forbid women to drive cars or operate magic carpets.