Don’t let anyone underestimate you. Just because a stereotypical thing a woman does isn’t your cup of tea, means you’re a failure. Mulan teaches us that we can be unique, we can be clever and brave at the same time, and we can thrive to do the things most girls can’t or doesn’t do.
So you want to play football, you want to read superhero comics or you want to be a soldier then go for it, don’t let anyone hinder you from doing something you want just because it’s unusual.
2. Women have the right to be free and happy.
Arranged marriage and matchmaker debacles are so out of time. Remember that Mulan broke this cultural stereotype when she failed to impress during the matchmaker debacle and embarrassed her family only to end up dressing up as a soldier to protect his father. If man can choose who they want to marry and when they want to marry, then so should women. Why should they only please man when it should be an equal treatment?
3. Power shouldn’t be weighted on physical aspects.
Mulan is petite, clumsy and girly but it doesn’t make her any less of a threat. She did defeat the leader of the Huns with a fan against a sword: clever strategizing; she did endanger all of them when she bombed a mountain to kill amass of enemies: quick thinking; she did help his troupe anyways who had left her after finding out she was a girl: loyalty.
4. Learn to look back and know your limitations.
Now this is a tricky lesson because she finally proven herself worthy and was given a position in the magisterium after saving their emperor and the whole of China but she refuses it and decides to go home and give the honour to her family.
Though it was a weak ending for Disney seeing as she broke the culture of women staying indoors and being house persons, she goes back and it may have meant that she chooses to still be a house person BUT her sole purpose of becoming a soldier anyway was to honour her father and it just so happens that along the way she becomes a hero, too.
5. One can lead the pack regardless of gender.
Mulan did start as an underdog with that his fellow soldiers would mock and belittle her until she had proven them wrong by training hard and gaining their respect in the end. She also ended up saving China and their emperor by fighting the Huns with the help of her fellow soldiers whom she disguised as women. From there we learn that gender is not supposed to limit leadership. So why must they make a man out of you?
Women as just as powerful as man, this much I know.
- Mela Papio