Kick-Ass Women of Star Wars: Amilyn Holdo and Fennec Shand

As a younger viewer of epic stories like Star Wars, I always found value in the tales of those striving to find their place in the world around them.

But now, as an adult who is, granted, still trying to find her place in the world, only now with some added life experience and perspective, I find new value in the characters who are past their coming of age.

Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo

She does what she believes is best for all involved and damn the consequences. She doesn’t waffle on anything because they are in a time-sensitive situation, and they cannot afford indecisiveness.

She doesn’t once question her right to hold the authority that she does. She doesn’t change her methods to suit others when there is simply no time to soothe damaged egos. 

She is, in a word, unapologetic. As she should be.

She is cool, collected, able to sharpshoot with terrifying accuracy over great distances, and can play mind games with the best of them. She is, in short, everything I want to be when I grow up.

Fennec Shand

Fennec also isn’t some ingenue leaving home for the first time and discovering a whole wide world out there. She is a mercenary so fierce that she’s got Din ‘I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold” Djarin shaking in his damn boots.

It’s so beyond easy for Star Wars to take a badass bounty hunter of any gender and make them a quippy, one-liner-spouting crackshot without much personality. But that’s not Fennec. There is an intriguing personality and a heart of gold in there.

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