Star Wars: Space is for white women

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Image: the “Star Wars” banner over a starry background, with the white lettering replaced by the words “space is for white women”.

Two weeks ago I had the audicity of making a post on Tumblr saying that maybe, after five nearly identical white female leads across the span of four decades, we don’t need any more white women in the Star Wars franchise.

Image: a screencap from tumblr, of a post that reads

Image: a screencap from tumblr, of a post that reads “What the Star Wars franchise needs: Women of Color, Gay/Bi women, Disabled women, Trans women, Fat women. What the Star Wars franchise doesn’t need: Any more thin, abled, cishet white women”

Though, of course, most people actually agreed, because –as intelligent consumers of media– most of us have come to realize that the white female lead is no longer revolutionary (read: here, here, here, here), most doesn’t mean all.

…we only ever got 3, fam, in the entire eight movies

There are four in the entire franchise. Yes, it does need more.

I’m sure there were more obnoxious comments like these, but I blocked most of the commentators due to pure annoyance. Yet, because I’m a petty bitch, I decided to make this list. These are… all the women in the Star Wars movies!

Image: Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman.

Image: Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman.

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White women

Episode I

  • Natalie Portman – Queen Padmé Amidala
  • Pernilla August – Shmi Skywalker
  • Celia Imrie – Fighter Pilot Bravo 5
  • Liz Wilson – Eirtaé
  • Candice Orwell – Yané
  • Sofia Coppola – Saché
  • Keira Knightley – Sabé
  • Margaret Towner – Jira
  • Katie Lucas – Amee
  • Megan Udall – Melee
  • Michelle Taylor – Yarael Poof (costume)
  • Michaela Cottrell* – Even Piell (costume)
  • Lindsay Duncan – TC-14 (voice)
  • Amanda Lucas – Tey How (voice)
  • Sacha Alexander – Graf Zapalo
  • Trisha Biggar – Orn Free Taa’s Aide
  • Michonne Bourriague – Aurra Sing
  • Zsuzsanna Cseh – Pod Race Spectator
  • Catherine Ernster – Naboo Civilian
  • Sally Hawkins – Villager
  • Sandi Finlay – Sly Moore

Episode II

  • Natalie Portman – Queen Padmé Amidala
  • Pernilla August – Shmi Skywalker
  • Leeanna Walsman – Zam Wesell
  • Rose Byrne – Dormé
  • Bonnie Piesse – Beru
  • Alethea McGrath – Madame Jocasta Nu
  • Susie Porter – Hermione Bagwa / WA-7
  • Michaela Cottrell – Even Piell (costume) – archive footage
  • Amy Allen – Aayla Secura
  • Kristen Bronson – Waitress
  • Natalie Danks-Smith – Hand Maiden
  • Eliana Dona – Kell Borean
  • Nicole Fantl – Senator Lexi Dio
  • Emma Howard – Sar Labooda
  • Fiona Johnson – Hayde Gofai
  • Sara Elizabeth Joyce – Dex’s Diner Bounty Hunter
  • Gillian Libbert – Lillea Bringbit
  • Amanda Lucas – Adnama
  • Katie Lucas – Lunae Minx
  • Sandi Finlay – Sly Moore

Episode III

  • Natalie Portman – Queen Padmé Amidala
  • Amanda Lucas – Terr Taneel
  • Bonnie Piesse – Beru Lars
  • Amy Allen – Aayla Secura
  • Trisha Noble – Jobal Naberrie
  • Claudia Karvan – Sola Naberrie
  • Keira Wingate – Ryoo Naberrie
  • Hayley Mooy – Pooja Naberrie
  • Sandi Finlay – Sly Moore
  • Katie Lucas – Chi Eekway
  • Genevieve O’Reilly – Mon Mothma
  • Kristy Wright – Moteé
  • Olivia McCallum – Bene
  • Dominique Chionchio – Jedi Knight
  • Eliana Dona – Hand Maiden
  • Nina Fallon – Stass Allie
  • Janet Lewin – Opera House Patron
  • Denise Ream – Opera House Patron
  • Lisa Shaunessy – Senator
  • Suzie Steen – Hand Maiden 3
  • Jacqui Louez Schoorl – Senator

Episode IV

  • Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia Organa
  • Shelagh Fraser – Aunt Beru
  • Gilda Cohen – Cantina Patron
  • Maria De Aragon – Greedo (costume)
  • Sadie Eden – Garindan (costume)
  • Christine Hewett – Brea Tonnika
  • Annette Jones – Mosep (costume)
  • Linda Jones – Chall Bekan (costume)
  • Melissa Kurtz – Jawa (costume)
  • Tiffany L. Kurtz – Jawa (costume)
  • Mandy Morton – Swilla Corey
  • Angela Staines – Senni Tonnika
  • Diana Sadley Way – Thuku (costume)

Episode V

  • Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia Organa
  • Marjorie Eaton – Emperor
  • Stephanie English – Hoth Rebel Technician
  • Susie Hudson – Bespin Woman
  • Tiffany L. Kurtz – Extra
  • Cathy Munroe – Zuckuss (costume)
  • Marolyn Turk – Hoth Rebel

Episode VI

  • Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia Organa
  • Annie Arbogast – Sy Snootles
  • Claire Davenport – Dancer
  • Jane Busby – Chief Chirpa (costume)
  • Celia Fushille-Burke – Jedi Rocks Dancer (face-paint) – special edition
  • Jennifer Jaffe – Jedi Rocks Dancer (face-paint) – special edition
  • Tina Simmons – Rebel Technician
  • Amanda Noar – Jess
  • Linda Bowley, Debbie Lee Carrington, Maureen Charlton, Sarah Bennett, Pamela Betts, Patty Bell, Eileen Baker, Margo Apostolos, Debbie Dixon, Lydia Green, Pam Grizz, Karen Lay, Nancy Maclean, Carole Morris, Stacie Nichols, Barbara O’Laughlin, April Perkins, Carol Read, Diana Reynolds and Linda Spriggs – Ewoks (costume)

Episode VII

  • Carrie Fisher – General Leia Organa
  • Daisy Ridley – Rey
  • Gwendoline Christie – Captain Phasma
  • Cailey Fleming – Young Rey
  • Anna Brewster – Bazine Netal
  • Harriet Walter – Dr. Kalonia
  • Francesca Longrigg – Bar Patron
  • Billie Lourd – Lieutenant Connix
  • Leanne Best – Min Sakul
  • Claudia Sermbezis – Lema Eelyak
  • Kate Fleetwood – First Order Officer
  • Samantha Alleyne – First Order Stormtrooper
  • Verona Blue – Resistance PA Announcer (voice)
  • Nathalie Cuzner – PZ-4CO (costume)
  • Clare Glass – Friend of Big Toad
  • Marina Hayter – Bar Worker
  • Stephanie Silva – ME-8D9 (costume)
  • Sandy Kate Slade – Lady Astronaut
  • Catherine Taber – Hangar Officer
  • Kelsey White – Resistance Fighter

Rogue One

  • Felicity Jones – Jyn Erso
  • Genevieve O’Reilly – Mon Mothma
  • Ingvild Deila – Princess Leia
  • Valene Kane – Lyra Erso
  • Beau Gadsdon – Young Jyn
  • Dolly Gadsdon – Younger Jyn
  • Geraldine James – Blue Three

Han Solo

  • Emilia Clarke – Unnamed female lead

Women of color

Episode I

  • Gin Clarke – Adi Gallia (Black)
  • Dipika O’Neill Joti – Depa Billaba (Indian)

Episode II

  • Ayesha Dharker (Indian) – Queen Jamillia
  • Rena Owen (Maori) – Taun We (voice)
  • Gin Clarke (Black) – Adi Gallia – archive footage
  • Dipika O’Neill Joti (Indian) – Depa Billaba – archive footage
  • Nalini Krishan (Pasifika) – Barriss Offee (face-paint)
  • Mary Oyaya (Black) – Jedi Knight Luminara Unduli (face-paint)

Episode III

  • Keisha Castle-Hughes (Maori) – Queen of Naboo
  • Rebecca Jackson Mendoza (Filipina) – Queen of Alderaan
  • Rena Owen (Maori)- Nee Alavar
  • Caroline de Souza Correa (Brazilian) – Bail Organa’s Aide #1
  • Chantal Freer (?) – Elle – scene deleted
  • Bai Ling  (Chinese) – Senator Bana Breemu

Episode VI

  • Femi Taylor (Black) – Oola (face-paint)
  • Mercedes Ngoh (Black) – Jedi Rocks Dancer (face-paint) – special edition

Episode VII

  • Lupita Nyong’o (Black) – Maz Kanata (CGI)
  • Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Black) – Korr Sella
  • Crystal Clarke (Black) – Ensign Goode
  • Philicia Saunders (Black) – Tabala Zo
  • Jessica Henwick (Singaporean-Chinese) – Jess Testor/Pava
  • Hannah John-Kamen (Black) – First Order Officer
  • Arti Shah (Black) – Maz Motion Capture Double (costume)
  • Christina Chong (Chinese) – Unnamed – scene deleted
  • Karen Huie (Japanese) – Niima Scavenger (voice)

Rogue One

  • Shina Shihoko Nagai (Japanese) – Mother of a Lost Child
  • Boriana Williams (Undetermined) – Villager
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Black) – Senator Tynnra Pamlo

Undetermined

Episode I

  • Karol Cristina da Silva – Rabé
    (Brazilian, either white, or white passing)

Episode II

  • Veronica Segura – Cordé
    (Mexican, either white, or white passing)

Episode VI

  • Margarita Fernández – Ewok (costume)
    (no information or pictures, her name suggests she could be Latina/Filipina)

Episode VII

  • Gloria Garcia – Jakku Defender
    (no information about her, name suggests she could be Latina/Filipina but, if she is, she’s really white-passing)

Rogue One

Dolly Jagdeo – Rebel Engineer
(no information or pictures, her last-name suggests she could be non-white)


Notes:

The bold are the leading or main characters or, in the case of Shmi and Mon Mothma, the other female characters with most screen-time.

Non-Human characters will be divided as costume, CGI, face-paint or voice. Characters listed as “archive footage” are those whose actors didn’t actually act in the movie, the ones listed as “special edition” didn’t appear in theaters, and the ones listed under “deleted scene” didn’t make it to the final cut.

The “Undetermined” section is for actresses whose ethnicity I couldn’t find or guess, but that I don’t feel comfortable listing as white due to lack of information.

The source for this post is IMBD.


*Michaela Cottrell is an actress with Dwarfism and, as far as I could find, the only actress in the franchise who isn’t able-bodied.

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