My blog is about Hope! Oz is where it began for me. Star Wars and the other Oz stories continue to bring about hope, lessons, wisdoms. Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia has always been a symbol of feminism, equality, and hope for Star Wars fans, and her image continues to inspire through the Women’s Marches around the globe. To be witness to this very special moment in our history was exactly what my heart needed.
Princess Leia has become an unofficial avatar of the Women’s Marches all over the world. Princess Leia was everywhere in Washington, D.C., as well as at various sister marches across the world. The spirit of the Princess was living and breathing in the millions of women and men who took to the streets to peacefully protest President Trump and his incoming administration. Her image as Princess Leah was everywhere throughout the crowds.
During the Women’s March, Princess Leia’s image has become associated with resistance and hope, two tenets of the march itself. Symbols and signs with her face and the slogan, “A woman’s place is in the Resistance” appeared, or “We are the resistance,” “Carrie Fisher sent me,” and “Estrogen Strikes Back.” This only drove home the feeling that now, more than ever, it is important to have strong, brave female avatars and idols by our side regardless of whether or not they are fictional.
“I know where she stood,” Fisher’s Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill tweeted along with images. “You know where she stood. Such an honor to see her standing with you today. Bigly.”
Ms. Fisher is remembered for her tenacious, pugnacious, rebel spirit. She was an avowed feminist; she was every one of us.