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Rugrats, A progressive show by Frshta Mangal

Have you ever had a role model and you didn’t even know it?

I have and her name was Angelica Pickles.

Angelica Pickles was the three-year-old that showed me what a strong girl looks like. She was fierce, yet kind. Angelica was the antagonist of the 90s shows called Rugrats. She was probably the biggest antagonist of the 90s Nicktoons.

Angelica would spend her days plotting different scenarios to get her hands on cookies or tease her cousins.

If you are familiar with the show, Rugrats, you probably think I am a horrible person since Angelica was/is one of my role models. But, there is more to her than the on-screen bullying.

First off, Rugrats was a progressive show for its time. The adult women in the show were each powerful in their own way. They showcased diversity in race and gender. The cast included an African American and a Japanese family.

Charlotte Pickles, Angelica’s mom, was the money maker in her marriage. She was a boss lady and encouraged her daughter to do the same.

“Angel, when you don’t share, well, it… it won’t look good on the application for Harvard.” — Charlotte Pickles, Rugrats, Season 4.

Didi Pickles was a working mom who pushed herself to achieve higher education even though she had children. She was a sensitive and loving mother yet still had time to nurture her kids.

Betty Devilles was a physically strong mother. She had muscles and thrived in physical activities.

Kira Finster was a single mother who was not afraid to find love again. She was brave enough to leave what she knew and start a new life. Yet, she was not afraid to bring the best parts of her old life into her new life.

Lucy Carmichael was a doctor and an amazing cook!

Yet, all of these women still keep their womanhood. They weren’t trying to be like men and that was the best part about them.

Also, their husbands were not your typical husbands. Quite frankly, all the males in the show were not your traditional male stereotypes.