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100 sci fi women #62: Ahsoka Tano

For a silly but on-theme link here is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Star Wars.

On a sadder note – my last entry was Sarah Jane Smith, little realising that within a couple of weeks, Elisabeth Sladen would have died. I was very sad to learn of her death – Sarah Jane Smith is certainly the first of the Doctor’s companions I really remembered and grew to love, and it is nice that my children, through the Sarah Jane stories got a chance to meet this significant female character on their own terms. I was hoping for more Sarah Jane stories, and possibly more crossing over to the Doctor Who universe. But it is not to be, and sadly we must say farewell to Sarah Jane. Don’t worry, we won’t forget you.

Ahsoka Tano Star Wars: The Clone Wars  movie and television series

Ahsoka is a woman, or rather girl, in a very male world. As Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, she inhabits worlds which are dominated by men – the Jedi Council, the Republican army. She is surrounded by men who want to tell her what to do because she is young, and possibly, because she is female. She is also a non-human in a very human dominated environment – although the Jedi Council does have its share of non-humans. Ahsoka manages to forge her own way through this world, showing her own strength, inventiveness and skills. She is one of the few Jedi who face General Grievous in battle and survives and she is left by Anakin at times to lead missions because he has faith in her abilities. She also has compassion for others; she cares about the deaths of the clones who some see as expendable battle fodder. She is loyal and at a young age she is willing to speak her defiance to the Jedi Council when they are willing to let her orignal mentor, Plo Koon die unrescued. Ahsoka is a credible female prescence in a universe where there are only two other stand-out female characters – Princess Leia and Padme – and as such she brings some balance to the force.

It is lucky I don’t need rescuing!

2 responses to “100 sci fi women #62: Ahsoka Tano

  1. NICE! Thanks for making Ahsoka one of your chosen 😀 However shouldn’t she be higher then 62?

    • Melissa

      It isn’t an order of merit, just the order in which I think of people! Maybe once we have got to 100 we can do a merit list. For information though, Ahsoka is consistently one of the top 5 visited each week.

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