The Women of Star Wars
For all fans that want to revisit the original trilogy this May the 4th, we’ve made a cheat sheet to help you spot George Lucas’ hidden Easter eggs from the first three films: Women.
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Princess Leia – First Appearance: Ep. IV
Leia Organa is a princess who, within the first 10 minutes of the film, has smuggled enemy tactical data and shot a storm trooper dead. And that is great.
Fun Star Wars Fact: You may recognize her as the woman in Empire Strikes Back with dialogue!
Aunt Beru – Only Appearance: Ep. IV
The tragic deaths of Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen convince Luke to fight for the rebellion in what looks like, at this point, a mostly Caucasian galactic war. Two female speaking roles in the first twenty minutes! Let’s keep this train rollin’!
Mon Mothma – Only Appearance: Ep. VI
Okay… here we are midway through Return of The Jedi and we have the final credited female roll of Mon Mothma. How do I know that’s her name? I Googled it. Like, no one says, “Hey, Mon Mothma, how’s it going? It’s kinda weird we haven’t seen you at any other rebel meetings, huh?” (Deep sigh.)
Hoth Map Technician(s) – In the Background of: Ep. V
Full disclosure: this could either be one or two women, I don’t have a great TV. Also, do the rebels have like a no non-Leia women on the battlefield rule?
Mos Eisley Women Walking By– In the Background of: Ep. IV
(Deeper sigh.) You know, we put men on the moon eight years before A New Hope came out. And what was a popular tv show upon its release? Police Woman. POLICE. WOMAN. That was a novel enough idea for a whole show.
Bespin Women Walking By – In the Background of: Ep. V
A WOMAN, who was a POLICE OFFICER. An entire series about THAT. And you know what? Things had never been better for women at that point! I just… alright, maybe I’m judging too harshly. There’s gotta be one more uplifting example of women in the original trilogy.
Jabba’s Sex Slaves – Danced in Green Body Paint in: Ep. VI
Alright, @&$# this. I’m out. Happy 4th, everyone. May the force be with you, and parents, please paint your children’s walls gender-neutral colors.