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March Madness Round 1: TV & Film

March Madness Round 1: TV & Film

Welcome to the first round of our fan-favorite March Madness tournament! In this round, check out the sixteen women in our TV & Film bracket.

Nyota Uhura

from Star Trek‘s original series and revived in its most recent films, Uhura serves as the USSEnterprise‘s chief communications officer and is later promoted to lieutenant commander and commander. A citizen of Star Trek‘s United States of Africa, Uhura was one of the first characters of African descent on American television to have a non-menial role, and also a participant in the first interracial kiss to be seen on American television. Throughout both the series and films, Uhura demonstrates outstanding competencies as a field officer as well as a bridge officer, operating navigation and science stations as well as the ship’s helm. – Hannah Pingelton

Kara Thrace

Better known to viewers as Starbuck, Kara Thrace is a fighter pilot for the Colonial Fleet in 2004’s Battlestar Galactica. First a lieutenant and later promoted to captain, Starbuck is a seasoned warrior and capable pilot, in one instance rewiring and piloting a Cylon ship back to the fleet. A survivor of abuse, Kara originally intended on being a professional athlete, but after problems with her knee, entered the military. – Hannah Pingelton

Buffy Summers

Buffy Summers is an inspiration to generations of women in her mental, emotion, and physical strength, all of which come together to show in very joyful and very painful ways how complex women are.  Her fight to figure out her duty and destiny as opposed to her own personal wants and desires makes it easy to relate to her, and what made her story one that was so engaging. – Christina Casano

Zoe Washburne

A war veteran, and first mate of the Serenity, Zoe Washburne is a level-headed and formidable fighter.  While many of the Serenity’s crew are ‘act first, think later’ type people, Zoe is the opposite, often finding a smarter solution to the many undesirable situations they find themselves in. – Joel Wallick

Leslie Knope

Working in Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks and Recreation department, Leslie Knope portrays a side of government workers rarely seen in movies or television.  She is a hard-working, ambitious feminist who dreams of one day becoming the first female president of the United States.  She cares deeply for her friends and family, and is thoughtful to the point where she sometimes annoys her coworkers with her constant scrapbooks, custom birthday parties, and made-up holidays.  Knope 2016! – Joel Wallick

Sophia Burset

In the Netflix breakout hit Orange is the New Black, Sophia is a trans woman and inmate of Litchfield Penitentiary, where she works as one of Litchfield’s hairdressers. Outspoken and determined, Sophia runs for the Women’s Advisory Council with the intention of improving healthcare at Litchfield. – Hannah Pingelton

Queen Elsa

After accidentally almost killing her younger sister as children with her ice powers, Elsa feared her powers and the possibility of being persecuted by her subjects while also hurting her sister again.  Sadly this resulted in their parents keeping the two sisters apart for a majority of their childhood and teen years. – Janelle Smith

Regina Mills

Okay, now we’re talking about the baddest of the bad.  We’ve taken to thinking of villains as misunderstood, but now that we understand Regina Mills we see how pain reaps more pain.  But Regina does it in style and with a certain amount of badassness that makes her quite the woman. – Christina Casano

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor is the mother of John Connor, the leader of the resistance against the machines.  She is tasked with both raising him and protecting him from the terminators sent back in time to kill him.  At the beginning of the Terminator series Sarah is just a normal girl, but she quickly transforms into a smart and deadly thorn in Skynet’s side by killing at least two terminators, protecting John, and delaying “Judgment Day.” – Joel Wallick

Ellen Ripley

The sole survivor of a deadly alien intruder, Ellen Ripley is the only person who knows about the danger of the xenomorphs when a human colony settles on their home planet.  Ripley kills the queen of an alien colony with a power loader after burning hundreds of alien eggs with a flamethrower.  She shows little fear, and is somehow able to keep calm and collected in life-threatening situations. – Joel Wallick

Joan Watson

Played by the singular Lucy Liu, Joan hails from CBS’ Elementary. The former surgeon is Sherlock Holmes’ former sober companion who, as an apprentice to Holmes, serves as a consultant detective. In addition to her medical education, Joan demonstrates an intense loyalty to Holmes, as well as a strong sense of deduction, in one instance even catching evidence Holmes missed. – Hannah Pingelton

Princess Leia Organa

In George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, Princess Leia serves as both heir to Alderaan’s throne and a senator thereof. In addition to being a diplomat at such a young age, however, Leia is also a member of and a spy for the Rebel Alliance, working against the Galactic Empire, and goes on to play an instrumental role in its downfall, helping lead the final battle at Endor. – Hannah Pingelton


Prince Zuko’s mother (in the Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon series) was always an almost ethereal figure, a loving and beloved mother who did everything in her power to save her son. Motherly love at its finest – but the ATLA comics add a new layer to Ursa’s character that really make her stand out among the women of ATLA. – Feliza Casano

Lin Beifong

Though she was missing from much of Book 2, Lin Beifong’s role in Book 1 of The Legend of Korra was an excellent foil to the series’ star, teenage Avatar Korra, with her logic, discipline, and fortitude. Her discipline and harsh exterior hides all sorts of fascinating past and layers, making her a favorite throughout the fandom. – Feliza Casano

Mako Mori

As a young child, Mako Mori suffered tragedy early due to the death of her family during a Kaiju attack.  After she was adopted by Stacker Pentecost, Mako studied Jaeger pilots so that she could one day become a pilot herself. – Janelle Smith

Marge Simpson

Marge really has a lot on her hands with a doof of a husband, hellion of a son, a know-it-all daughter, and an infant who may have shot a man.  Somehow though, she manages to shine through as one of the few realistic characters in Springfield (despite her hair).  She tells Lisa that it’s okay to be sad, she encourages Homer to follow his dreams even when they’re ridiculous, and she even teaches Bart to enjoy being a kid while he still can.  Marge is the foundation of both the Simpsons family and the show itself. – Joel Wallick

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