The "Star Wars Rogue One" saga is dynamic and thrilling. It is space opera in its truest sense, as it combines a complex web of political maneuvering, space wars, romantic implication, and the duel to the death with light-sabers. But there's an imbalance. An imbalance of gender roles, with the important roles played always by males while the females parts are minimized at nearly every turn.

Role of women

Why it's difficult to embrace a strong female identity anywhere in the Star Wars isn't understandable, let alone in the middle of an intergalactic war.

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Women should have fulfilled many different roles. So it's a little surprise that there's a conflict raging within many women about who they're supposed to be in the absence of strong role models to emulate.

Other than royalty, how many speaking women roles do we have in the six movies? In the original trilogy, only six women were there who speak, literally. Period. Princess Leia constitutes one-sixth of them. In the prequels, there are fourteen others except for Padme Aamidala. While that number isn't great, it's certainly better.

But the important issue is that both Leia and Padme are allowed to speak more than anyone else because of their status. Both are verbally clever. Your mind recalls when Leia and Padme are mentioned, such classics as "Aren't you a little short for a storm-trooper?" and "So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause." Now recall one of Shmi's lines. How about Aunt Beru's?

The affluent few

You're only supposed to watch these "important" women in the male protagonists' lives. In this way, Padme and Leia have become yet another stereotype - the affluent few. They are both royalty and are, therefore, inherently important regardless of their gender. They're separated from the rest of women because of their status, causing another schism in the sisterhood of the Force.

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Now with 'Rogue One'

We have the mysterious Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in the Rogue One. If Daisy Ridley's Rey is Luke Skywalker, Jyn Erso is more Han Solo, a brash, Joan of Arc-style revolutionary who is rebellious even by the Rebel Alliance's standards. All of the women in "Star Wars" are survivors, maneuvering through the treacherous politics of Naboo or battling the punishing desert wasteland of Jakku, but Jyn Erso has a history unlike that of any of her ancestors. She's got battle scars. A criminal history.

And she joins Rey as only the second female character to headline a Star War movie. Still even in her own movie - and despite the welcoming return of Mon Motha - men surrounded Jyn Erso. At least the Rebels seem slightly more attuned to gender equality than the Imperialists.

All women in the "Star Wars" universe are tough-as-nails. Taken individually, they offer just as much as any of the individual male characters. They're strong, witty, and certainly, a Force to be reckoned with. But their numbers are few, as in very few, and they dwell on the margins of the society.

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