Kick-Ass Women of Star Wars: Padmé Amidala and Jyn Erso Story

Most of the recent Star Wars stories center around male characters like in The Bad Batch, The Mandalorian, and the upcoming Andor and Kenobi series.

There’s nothing wrong with this. In fact, I’d confidently say that Din Djarin is one of my top five favorite characters. But so much of the discourse on social media centers around characters like Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Cassian Andor, and all of our favorite clones. What about the kick-ass women of Star Wars?

This series was born out of frustration that on Star Wars Day, that one day out of the year that we make a concentrated effort to celebrate the franchise that we love, that so many tweets and articles on the interwebs had been dedicated to the men of Star Wars. Not the women.

You have already seen why women like Vice Admiral Holdo and Fennec Shand are epic, but now let’s salute two young heroines who were cut down in their prime.

Padmé Amidala Naberrie: teenage queen, anti-war senator, fierce fighter and lover, and the late mother of Luke and Leia. While some people want to place her on an unrealistic pedestal, I have always found strength in her character — flaws and all.

Padmé

I was first introduced to Padmé, like everyone else, in The Phantom Menace. I was a child, just six years old, and the idea of a badass fourteen-year-old queen checked every box for me

When Attack of the Clones rolled around, I was swept up in the innocence of her romance with Anakin. She wore beautiful gowns, held her own in the male-dominated senate, fought valiantly in the arena, and got a love story.

Revenge of the Sith broke my heart — even though I knew that she would have to die, considering we knew who Luke and Leia were raised by. A tragic end for someone who, undoubtedly, would have been a figurehead in the rebellion, just as her daughter became.

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