Rebel Women of Star Wars

"A Woman's Place is in The Resistance!" "The Fempire Strikes Back!" "I Rebel!"

February 16, 2019

From protest signs to costumes to political strategy, these and other mantras are present in contemporary resistance phenomena. The rebel women of Star Wars have taken on a timely significance as resistance organizers embody Star Wars values as they connect them to real world issues in a powerful visible way. But in addition to emotional resonance and inspiration, these women offer illustrations of practical leadership skills.


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Join local geek gal and feminist pop culture historian, Jen Stuller, for an exploration of ways these rebel women parallel a surge of female community leaders, grassroots organizers, and political candidates. We'll look at what we can learn from Senator Padmé Amidala about democracy, General Leia Organa and leadership, Mon Mothma and diplomacy, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and pragmatism, Jyn Erso and the merging of scrappiness with optimism, Rey and determination, and Rose Tico and fighting for our values — as well as how we can apply these to our own leadership skills. 

Class Specifics:
Saturday, February 16, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00PM
SIFF Film Center
$25 | $20 SIFF Members
SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts not accepted.

About the Instructor:
Jennifer K. Stuller is a writer, media critic, and feminist pop culture historian. She is the author of "Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology," and the editor of "Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She has been published in BBC News, Bitch Media, and Geek Monthly. Additionally, Stuller is Co-Founder and former Board President of GeekGirlCon. A sought-after speaker, she brings her messages of media literacy and positive fandom to a variety of audiences, and speaks about geek culture and activism at conferences, libraries, and schools in the US and internationally. Stuller is a rebellion built on hope, and has vowed to use her powers only for good.