Over the past fifty odd years many incredible talented women have blasted their way through the universe. In a genre often stigmatized as being reserved for zit faced teenage boys who are afraid of girls, some truly incredible women have appeared in science fiction roles.
These women have not allowed themselves to be limited to the overly-sexualized submissives draped in ridiculous wardrobe pieces. Instead powerful, intelligent, and articulate women are showing us that there’s more to being an incredible woman in science fiction than prancing around the universe looking pretty.
This is just a “top 20” list, but YOU should comment with more!
I’ve updated this list with the input of some of the readers. Thanks for commenting. You should continue to Leave comments if you want me to re-order this list, it isn’t ranked really in any particular order.
- Nichelle Nichols: Nyota Uhura, Star Trek
Nichelle is number one on this list because of the social importance of her role. In the 1960’s a black woman was cast as an OFFICER in a military hierarchy. Nichelle had a repeating role with a speaking part, this was unheard of at the time.
Considering the state of civil liberties for both black people and women at the time this was an amazing statement for a science fiction program to make; That in the future, we would overcome racism and sexism and all people would have equal opportunity.
- Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia Organa, Star Wars
- Jeri Ryan: Seven of Nine, Star Trek Voyager
- Lucy Lawless: D’Anna Biers, Battlestar Glactica
- Sigourney Weaver: Ellen Ripley, Aliens
- Carrie Anne Moss: Trinity, The Matrix
- Tricia Helfer: Battlestar Galactica
- Evangeline Lilly: Kate Austen, Lost
- Mary McDonnell: President Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica
- Grace Park: Lt. Sharon ‘Boomer’ Valerii, Battlestar Galactica
- katee Sackhoff: Captain Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace, Battlestar Galactica
- Summer Glau: River Tam, Firefly, Serenity
- Amanda Tapping: Major Samantha Carter, Stargate: SG-1
- Gillian Anderson: Agent Dana Scully, The X-Files
- Jessica Alba: Max Guevera, Dark Angel
- Claudia Black: Officer Aeryn Sun, Farscape
- Milla Jovovich: Alice, Resident Evil
- Hayden Panettiere : Claire Bennet, Heroes
- Jane Fonda: Barbarella, Barbarella
- Michelle Rodriguez