Women can play key role in Star Wars future

11/7/2012 | Slate

Princess Leia and Mara Jade are among the strong, well-rounded female characters to come out of the Star Wars universe, which treats women as full characters, not just adjuncts to male characters. "Women don't just get to be impressive stand-alone characters," Alyssa Rosenberg writes of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the Star Wars umbrella that includes the related licensed novels, games, graphic novels and comics under the Star Wars brand. "In fact, one of the strengths of the Expanded Universe is that it tells so many stories about relationships between men and women who are equally competent and equally complex."

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