A video tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher

I was 6 years old when Star Wars first arrived in theatres. Prior to that most of my exposure to female characters on the screen had been Disney Princesses (of the old school Cinderella / Snow White era).

Princess Leia was my first crush, before I knew what that meant and after I knew as well.  (I was 13 when Return of the Jedi was released.) Carrie and Leia helped to define what I hoped for and expected from women and from female characters on the screen.

Fisher and Leia (the two were pretty inseparable even according to the actress herself) were smart and funny and dangerous if provoked. She fought alongside the boys as an equal and called the shots as the unquestioned leader of the rebellion. It was a huge step up from the princesses who waited for the prince to rescue them so they could get married and live happily ever after.

Fisher, through her work as an actor, a writer and a speaker did a great deal for modern feminism - not only by providing a role model for women, but for working to change the expectations and the stereotypes of the boys who grew up to be the current generation of men.

At any rate, I can guarantee that for millions of boys a Princess Leia action figure was the first 'girl doll' they owned.

Today this tribute was released as part of the Star Wars 40th anniversary celebrations this video was released. It makes Carrie Fisher's recent passing sting all over again.

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