THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher out of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Cate Blanchett makes history as Marvel’s first female villain, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ crosses $1 billion, Reba McEntire reveals name of her new TV show

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher out of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Cate Blanchett makes history as Marvel’s first female villain, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ crosses $1 billion, Reba McEntire reveals name of her new TV show

Carrie Fisher is out of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Cate Blanchett makes history as Marvel’s first female villain in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ crosses $1 billion, and Reba McEntire reveals name of her new TV show.

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The Force is strong with this one: Princess Leia lives on even after Carrie Fisher’s death

The Force is strong with this one: Princess Leia lives on even after Carrie Fisher’s death

When my sister and I were kids during the 80s, it was ALWAYS a good time to play Star Wars. There was only one problem: There was only one heroine in that whole entire far away galaxy, So, when it came time to play Stars Wars, tough decisions had to be made. Would one of us play one of the boys, Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? That was no good: We were tomboys, not boys. To my memory, sometimes we were both Princess Leia, and sometimes we created our own female Star Wars characters — because there was only one woman who got to be a hero. And while that may have been severely limiting, at least Star Wars had one.

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