I have loved Star Wars since I was a little girl during the days when the only woman I could look up to in a Star Wars film was Queen/Senator Padme Amidala, a woman who was reduced from being a no-nonsense leader to a sappy, damsel-in-distress who was utilized into the films only to further Anakin’s fall to the dark side. When I finally saw the original trilogy it was like a breath of fresh air meeting Princess Leia’s fiery, strong-willed character that didn’t even let intimidating villains such as Darth Vader make her bat an eye. But I was still in a dilemma. Here were these six films that had countless major male characters and only one main woman in each trilogy. It was such a bad disparity that in the Family Guy special of Return of the Jedi they joked that the only women in the galaxy was Leia and Mon Mothma.
Disney has since fixed that problem by adding more and more strong female characters of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities in their various films, tv shows, and games. So today I’m going to share the list of all of the incredible women that have become the new forces driving this incredible franchise forward for a new generation of Star Wars fans. Enjoy!
When Disney created this new trilogy that would kickstart a brand new dawn for Star Wars they could’ve easily placed a man at the helm like the two previous trilogies but they decided to go a different route and make Rey the new face of Star Wars. The thought of a woman being the new Luke was the last thing in my mind so imagine my surprise when I watched The Force Awakens for the first time and I found out Rey was the one who was going to be destined to be the next new hope. I couldn’t have been happier! My jaw practically dropped when she Force pulled Luke’s lightsaber out of the ground, ignited it, and stood ready to fight Kylo Ren like a Jedi.
When the movie ended with her finding Luke Skywalker on that cliff and the film insinuating that the legendary master would be the one to train her to become a Jedi I was legitimately overwhelmed with happiness.
Since then she has only grown stronger with the Force and has cemented herself even further as the new hope of the galaxy because she is officially now the last Jedi. When we see her again in Episode IX her journey, I’m sure, will lead to a rather satisfying ending that’ll be worthy of her awesomeness. 🙂