The Weekly Geek: Take Me to Your Leader


Well, geeks, the US election is (thankfully) over, and things went better for queers – and women – and queer women – than any of us thought. Marriage equality in three more states! A lesbian senator (Tammy Baldwin, the first-ever openly gay US senator, and geek hero in her own right)! Let’s not forget, this was the first time in history that marriage equality was won by a popular vote. The times, they are a-changing.

In honor of all the good news, we thought we’d take a look at a few of our favorite political women from sci-fi/fantasy. If only there were more women of color represented in the politics of speculative fiction.

Daenerys Targaryen – A Song of Ice and Fire

With everything Queen Dany has been through (and I won’t spoil that here), she makes all but the toughest modern politicians look about as formidable as Paul Ryan with his little weight set.

President Laura Roslin – Battlestar Galactica

She battled cancer, dirty opponents, and oh yes, the crushing weight of holding humanity’s last vestiges together. Roslin gets our vote every day of the week – so say we all.

Mon Mothma – Star Wars

She may have only been in the original trilogy for less than 5 minutes, but Mon Mothma (also known as the woman who lets everyone know that “Many Bothans died getting this information” over the cool 3D death star graphic), made a lasting impression on a younger version of your weekly geek columnist. She also totally helped to start and then subsequently hold the rebel alliance together, so she deserves serious props.

Congresswoman Barbara Gordon – Batwoman

As if the Batwoman series wasn’t awesome enough, with it’s lesbian protagonist – it also features Commissioner Gordon’s fantastic daughter (aka Batgirl) as a corruption-averse congresswoman.

Ambassador Lwaxana Troi – Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Technically, Troi is a diplomat, but hey, close enough. Counselor Troi’s perpetually horny mother was a whiz at handling people (and aliens) of any culture imaginable, and the woman knew how to set Captain Picard in his place (and/or make him recite poetry on the bridge).

Princess Leia – Star Wars

The smartest daughter of a Senator this side of Tatooine, Leia was an ass-kicker and a leader, metal bikinis and cinnamon bun hair be damned.

Who are your favorites?

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