9 Times Topanga Lawrence Defied Gender Norms In The Name Of Feminism

Happy birthday, Danielle Fishel!

Cinco de Mayo is an important day for many reasons. It marks the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It's the one day a year you can get free Taco Bell. And it's the day Danielle Fishel #blessed us all with her birth.

The "Boy Meets World" star turns 34 today, and we definitely need to celebrate -- preferably with pizza. For seven years, Fishel gifted us with Topanga Lawrence, the baddest feminist on the block. Where other girls zigged, Topanga zagged, and most importantly, she proved that the girl next door could be more than just a pretty, generic trope. She also had amazing hair.

She was complex, intelligent and a proud feminist, making her one of the strongest role models on TV. Here are nine times Topanga Lawrence was our feminist superhero.

  1. She eats whatever the eff she wants.

    No, she will not have the ~ veggie ~ slice.

  2. She's her own person.

    She's an I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T woman.

  3. She subverts gender norms.

    We shouldn't be so consumed with what's on the outside.

  4. She's not afraid to ask for space.

    As much as you love your SO, sometimes, you just really want to be alone.

  5. She knows exactly what she's capable of.

    Topanga would make a pretty BAMF'ing POTUS.

  6. She's her own knight in shining armor.

    She can take care of herself.

  7. She defines her own femininity.

    Joining the Hairy Legs Club can be a very liberating decision, and ultimately, it's her decision to make.

  8. She tells you exactly how she feels.

    So stop being so ignorant, Cory.

  9. She's not afraid to ask for what she wants.

    Because when you know, you know.