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Women’s jobs in science fiction

With equality of pay and the drive to get more women in top executive jobs reaching the headlines in our current era, does the world of the future have women in the same roles they occupy now, or do they have them in traditionally male-dominated jobs?

#SorryNotSorry for the ten minutes plus of Star Trek talk. This is Charlotte and Megan left alone together, after all. And boy do we get excited when allowed to gush over our favourite science fiction texts!

We celebrate the wonderful women who are shattering the glass ceiling in one of our favourite genres, from doctors, mechanics, and military leaders, there are some truly inspirational and badass women working hard in scifi.

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  1. Loving the Star Trek talk! I’m a huge fan of TOS & DS9 – not so much the rest. Anyway, the reason Tasha Yar was killed off was because the actor wanted to leave. She didn’t feel the role was being developed. Also, no mention of Major Kira in DS9 – freedom fighter trying to fit into the role of military liaison to the Federation after independance is achieved – plenty of character conflict and personal development.

  2. If I may add a couple women to the list:

    Amy Adams as the linguist and university professor in the superb movie Arrival. Not only is she a genius, but she is courageous and she makes a tough choice despite knowing how it will end up. Plus, in her spare time she literally saves the world, and is instrumental in saving an alien species.

    Jodie Foster as the astronomer in Contact. I don’t particularly like the movie, but she is undeniably the key to that story.

    Sandra Bullock in Gravity is an engineer who is also incredibly tough and wicked smart. She learned Russian to become an astronaut and then figured out the controls to a Chinese spacecraft. I would’ve been dead a dozen times over.

    Speaking of women authority figures, my personal favorite in recent years is Agent Peggy Carter, introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger, followed up by two excellent seasons of her own show, Agent Carter, as well as cameos in other Marvel films such as Ant-Man. Not only was she smart and capable in a man’s world, she was so undeniably good that she became a founding member of the preeminent peace force in that universe, SHIELD.

    I think it’s also important to give credit to Fiona Staples, the co-creator of the comic Saga. When Brian K. Vaughn said he didn’t want the female lead to be a typical redhead, she asked, “Why does she need to be white at all?” An ah-ha moment for Vaughn, and we’re all the richer for Staples’ insight.

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