March kicks off Women’s History Month, a time where we honor women and all of their achievements throughout time. Though many real life women have impacted society with their many accomplishments, the same can be said for fictional characters. For this Women’s History Month, we are celebrating our favorite female characters in pop culture and how they have made a difference in the world!
A Pioneer for Black Women
Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols, was first introduced in 1977 when “Star Trek: The Original Series” debuted. Seeing a black woman in a powerful role had a major impact on viewers. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to fly a space shuttle, credited Uhura as an influence for her career choice. Nichols’ role was so inspiring that, thanks to her teaming up with NASA, several people of color became recruits. To this day, Nichols is celebrated for her contributions to science fiction and to black excellence.
The First Female Time Lord
In 2017, Jodie Whittaker made history as the first female incarnation of the Doctor in “Doctor Who.” The 13th Doctor embodies the personalities of her previous selves, while having her own unique personality. She does face struggles for being a woman, but she does not let that deter her. By proving her intelligence and strength through problem-solving and kindness, she shows girls of all ages that they can accomplish anything, no matter what anyone says. She even inspired the first Doctor Who Barbie!
The Princess Does the Saving
One of the most iconic female leads in movie history is inarguably Princess Leia. Throughout the original and sequel trilogies, Leia becomes a hero in her own right, never shying away from danger and even becoming a general. Celebrated as a feminist hero since the 70s, it is no wonder many look up to her.
A Savior of the Wizarding World
For many young girls, Hermione Granger was their first female role model. Though she lacks physical strength, she is strong in mind and that helps her save the Wizarding World. Hermione can be emotional, but that only adds to her character. She becomes much more balanced and realistic, showing girls that they are still strong, even if they cry.
A Chinese Warrior Saves Her Land
One of the most tenacious and admirable Disney characters is Mulan. Though she has moments of despair, she always does what’s right. She shows girls that they are not limited to their gender or physical strength; what makes them strong is their ability to push through and use what makes them unique to their advantage.
An Unexpected Superhero
Muslim role models are hard to come by. In mainstream media, they are hijab-wearing background characters with no spotlight or, even worse, terrorists. Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel, is a breath of fresh air. The Muslim superhero uses her shapeshifting ability to fight crime, just like her idol, Captain Marvel. For Muslim girls, Kamala is proof that religious stereotypes do not define them, and anyone can be a hero in their own right.
Bask in the beauty of Whitney Ranch with the special women in your life, this month and every month!