The Women Of Star Wars And How They Stand Out From The Men
For just over 40 years, Star Wars has served as a staple for every science fiction fan out there and has served as an inspiration for several generations of fans. Originally, the films were aimed at the male populace, but it was soon established the films were just as popular with the female populace as it was with the males. And there was one reason for that. In the years since the release of A New Hope, female characters have come into the franchise and have shown they are just as capable of kicking ass as their male counterparts.
Let’s take a look at the women that assist in shaping the Star Wars saga into what we know it to be today.
[Please note that the information comes from current CANON. This includes various novels set during the Clone Wars.]
Women Don’t Always Need Saving
No one could have predicted the impact Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope would have on the world. Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker may have been the hero and Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, had the last laugh as the sidekick, but it was Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia that stole the show. Raised on Alderaan, Leia was a well-respected politician, much like her birth mother, Padmé Amidala and her adoptive father, Bail Organa before her.
Upon meeting Luke and Han, Leia was the one to get the group out of perilous situations and was never afraid of upsetting Han’s Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca, despite knowing it was unwise to do so. After three films, Leia became Han’s wife and became the mother of his son, Ben, named in honour of Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi.
Upon Ben’s fall to the dark side, Leia and Han separated. Much like Luke believed Anakin could still be turned back to the light, Leia believed her son could be returned to the light.
Diplomatic Skills Are Necessary In Life And Death Situations
Born on Naboo and a born politician, Padmé Amidala became it’s queen at 14. At 24, she became her home planet’s senator before she reunited and later married longtime friend Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker. For three years, Padmé was forced to keep her marriage to Anakin a secret from her closest allies.
As the Clone Wars wore on, Padmé fought for justice in the Galaxy, but her voice was drained out by the cries of the enemy and her fellow senators who believed the way she thought was unorthodox. Despite her political mind, Padmé was also handy with a blaster. Like any wife with a husband fighting in a war, Padmé worried for her husband’s safety, and often found herself in the middle of the conflict, much to Anakin’s dismay.
Towards the end of the war, Padmé fell pregnant with her and Anakin’s first child. Unfortunately, Padmé would never get to see her children grow up as she would die, triggered by Anakin’s fall to the dark side. Before her death, she told Obi-Wan she believed there was still good in Anakin. This belief was carried on by Luke, who would bring his father back to the light.
The Essence Of Belief Of Being Able To Pull Her Master Into Line
Introduced in The Clone Wars film, Ahsoka Tano soon became a fan favourite after a bit of a rocky start. The first female Jedi main character of any Star Wars film or television series, Ahsoka was assigned by Yoda to become the Padawan learner of newly minted Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. Over the course of The Clone Wars television series, Ahsoka’s character development saw her come up against some rather nasty critters and survive against some of the most dangerous characters Star Wars has ever seen.
Years after the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, Ahsoka became a leader of the Rebellion, joining forces with Bail Organa, who secretly was raising Anakin and Padmé’s daughter, Leia. For years, Ahsoka was lead to believe Anakin had died during Order 66. However, upon teaming with Hera Syndulla’s rebels, she learns the terrifying truth; Anakin was now Darth Vader. They finally meet, face to mask on Malachor. Despite her devastation of learning that her beloved master was now the Galaxy’s greatest threat, she tried to talk Vader around, but it had no effect.
Growing Up Without A Father Isn’t So Bad When You Help Put A Kink In The Empire’s Plans
A rebel from birth, Jyn Erso was the daughter of scientist Galen Walton Erso and his wife, Lyra. Jyn becomes the reason the callsign ‘Rogue One’ isn’t used in the original Skywalker Saga films. Partially raised by Saw Gerrera, before he vanished, Jyn had to grow up and fast.
A known criminal, Jyn was recruited by Mon Mothma to help the forming rebellion, retrieve the plans to the Empire’s new weapon, which would become known as The Death Star. She’s teamed with a bunch of misfits, including the droid K-2SO and Captain Cassian Andor.
The group becomes known as Rogue One and over the course of their adventure, they form an unusual bond with Jyn becoming close to Andor, much to the annoyance of K-2, who finds her expendable and reckless. Despite her upbringing, Jyn was able to stand up for herself and wasn’t one to become tied down by loyalties. This was proven when she refused to join the rebels, but did agree to help them in retrieving the plans to Project Stardust.
Women Can Do What Men Do
The daughter of Clone Wars freedom fighter Cham Syndulla, Hera always had the blood of a rebel running through her veins. Raised to be tough, Hera was not a woman you would want to mess with… ever. Just ask Lando Calrissian. Romantically involved with former Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus, Hera was a skilled pilot and was the protective surrogate mother of the crew of her ship, The Ghost.
As the co-leader of the Ghost crew, Hera was not afraid to speak her mind and would pull her crew up for their mistakes. She also was not afraid to show off her expert pilot skills to her male counterparts.
Playing the role of ‘mother’ to The Ghost crew, Hera shared different kinds of relationships with her crew, especially the younger members of the team, Sabine and Ezra.
Never Underestimate The Power Of Paint And Explosives
The second youngest member of The Ghost Crew, Sabine was the only other woman on board The Ghost other than its pilot, Hera. A proud Mandalorian, Sabine was the daughter of Countess Ursa Wren and her husband, Alrich Wren. Sabine inherited traits from both her parents. She became a warrior like her mother, while she also inherited her father’s love of art.
Having trained at the Imperial Academy on Mandalore, Sabine soon realised what the Empire stood for and defected. This caused a rift between Sabine and her family. She later found a new family with The Ghost crew, becoming the explosives expert and artist of the group.
Having been raised with an older brother and with the majority of her crewmates being male, Sabine was capable of standing on her own two feet and wasn’t afraid to join Chopper’s prank wars with Zeb and Ezra. Other than her beloved explosives, Sabine loved using a blaster and would later take up using the Darksaber for a short period of time.
Force Sensitive? Check. Staff? Check. No Weapons Training? Check.
The protagonist of the sequel film trilogy, Rey’s origins are similar to that of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Raised on a desert planet, Rey was raised by someone who wasn’t her parent — in her case, the foul Unkar Plutt. Self-trained in staff fighting, Rey had a strong bond with the Force, but had no idea as to why or what she was experiencing. Her adventures in the Galaxy begin when she rescues Resistance droid, BB-8.
Over the course of her adventure with Finn, she discovers new friends within the Resistance. She goes up against General Leia’s son, Ben, with whom she develops a connection via the Force, thanks to Supreme Leader Snoke. Seen as independent, Rey could fend off a horde of thugs with just her staff. She is also capable of using a lightsaber, The Force and was a capable pilot without having any form of training.
Shmi Skywalker Lars
Giving Up Your Only Child Is Necessary When You Don’t Know He’ll One Day Become Evil
The matriarch of the Skywalker family, Shmi was a slave who miraculously fell pregnant without a father’s assistance. She gave birth to a Force Sensitive son she named Anakin. Despite being a single mother to a child with no father, Shmi loved her son and raised him with love. Even though she was a slave, Shmi wanted her son to have a real chance in the world, and allowed him to go with Qui-Gon Jinn.
Not one to hold a grudge, she understood that Qui-Gon wasn’t able to free her from slavery, like he had been able to with Anakin. In the waning years before the start of the Clone Wars, Shmi was freed from slavery by moisture farmer Cliegg Lars who married her, making her the stepmother of his son, Owen. Despite her new life, selfless Shmi thought about her son constantly.
When Anakin returned to Tatooine with Padmé, he was devastated to learn she had been kidnapped by Tusken Raiders.
The First Female Stormtrooper But Not The First To Get Thrown Down The Garbage Shoot
The Force Awakens bought about many firsts to the Star Wars universe. Phasma was one those, becoming the first canon female villain with a Star Wars live action film. Serving under Supreme Leader Snoke’s minions Kylo Ren and General Hux, Phasma was placed in charge of training the Stormtroopers, among them was FN-2187, whom would become known as Finn.
Taking her job incredibly seriously, Phasma was pretty much an emotionless zombie when it came to allies. To her, everyone who wasn’t loyal to the First Order deserved to die. What made her such a great character was that she was not afraid to question her superiors, whom knew of her loyalties and didn’t think to question it.
Beru Whitesun Lars
Becoming The Guardian Of The Nephew Your Husband Wishes Wasn’t Like His Father
The aunt of Luke Skywalker and the wife of Owen Lars, Beru was a shy but kind woman who thought the world of her young, adventure seeking nephew. Unlike her overprotective husband, whom feared Luke would become a carbon copy of his father, Beru loved Luke like her own son and gave him room to breath.
She voiced her support for Luke to attend the Imperial Academy, despite Owen’s protests. Despite seeing Anakin within Luke, she knew the boy would never turn into his father.
Former Jedi turned Sith Assassin Who Becomes Involved With A Jedi
There is so much more to Asajj Ventress than just being a Jedi turned Sith Assassin. Known for her flirting and using her seductive charms on her male opponents, Ventress was no dummy. Being an unofficial Sith, she could have deflected anytime. She chose to give up her role of assassin when Dooku orders her to be executed. A strong warrior and worthy adversary in combat, Ventress was able to undermine even the most worthy of enemies, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
After breaking away from Dooku, Ventress became a bounty hunter. In terms helping Ahsoka, Ventress found herself on the receiving end of getting framed when Barriss steals her lightsabers and has it appear Ahsoka stole the lightsabers and used them while she was on her ‘spree of terrorism’. When Ahsoka’s master, Anakin Skywalker came across her, she explained her situation to him, causing the pair to team up.
It has come to the attention of Star Wars fans, the female characters have just as much right to being beloved characters as their male counterparts do. These women have proven their worth by fighting alongside their male compatriots and showing their superiors they have every right to be where they are. As it was noted, not all these women are combat worthy — that doesn’t mean they can’t kick butt.