My Five Favorite Female Roles in Geekdom!

     Hopefully you've already read my introduction blog about me that I posted a week or two ago, so you already know me at least a little bit. One thing I left out is that I'm a feminist through and through. I used to work for a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault prevention agency, and let me just say, seeing the struggles, indecencies, and oppression women experience everyday just because they are female changes a person. See the full list after the break...

Our culture today has some really messed up views about women in our society, and our media is a lot to blame. Thankfully though, when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy, we see a lot of strong, competent female role models who are not valued because of their sex appeal but because of their character. So I decided to put together a list of my top five female characters of all time. Some of these women you may know well, others may be first timers to you. I recommend reading and watching all of them, or at least encouraging your daughters, friends, girlfriends, wives, and mothers to spend a little girl time with some wonderful characters.

All of these characters have one major thing in common (okay maybe more than one thing). They are strong, competent women, who fight for what they know is true, honorable, and right. They all know how to handle a weapon (fathers- get your girls a pocket knife and teach her how to use it!), allowing them to protect themselves and their loved ones. They are compassionate, caring, and feminine. They support the male roles in their lives but they can stand up to the men and put them in their place if need be. They are most importantly beautiful in spirit.

So, without further ado, here is my top five list:

"I am NO man!"

#5. Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Eowyn is a dynamic character who, through her strength, loyalty, and bravery, comes through at the end of the day and saves us all. She is the only one who truly can save her people specifically because she is a woman!

Talk about girl power!
#4. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Katniss is the epitome of self sacrifice. She volunteers herself in her sisters place just so her sister can live another day. Katniss is a strong young woman who takes care of her family's everyday needs, a true power woman! She is smart and resourceful and eventually the inspiration of a rebellion.

Full of action and adventure (and a great love story), this book
can really motivate girls to read!
#3. Harry Crewe (The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley)

Harry Crewe is a reluctant hero who learns to trust her inner power when she suddenly starts developing hidden talents which attract the attention of the nearby barbarian king. She inspired me to rely on my inner power and achieve my dreams!

This book is a great way to get girls hooked on reading!
Especially girls who love dragons and music!
#2. Mellony (Dragon Song by Anne McCaffrey)

Mellony is a talented girl who is oppressed because what she loves (playing and teaching music) is not a proper woman's role in her father's fishing hold. Through relying on her inner strength, and the help and protection of her nine fire-lizards, she is able to pursue her dreams and show everybody that women are just as valuable and capable as men.

Now Disney finally has a princess who's truly worthy of that title!
#1. Princess Leia (Star Wars by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg)

Leia is my all-time, absolutely, 100% favorite female role in all of the geek world! I mean what's not to love about her? She's a diplomat/politician, a Jedi, a sexy woman, and a great mother, wife, and sister. She is what you call a triple threat!

I hope you have enjoyed my list of powerful female roles! If you have other favorite female characters who help teach young women how to value themselves, be strong, and stand up for what is right, tell us down in the comment box!

Generbeener likes to volunteer her time with young women in her community, investing in the future of our culture and trying to raise up a generation of women who know they are valuable. 


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