The life lessons woven seamlessly into films are what keep countless classics relevant and in our hearts. It is not by accident that children continue to not only watch but love Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, movies that are over 60 years old. However, while other girls had Snow White and Cinderella growing up, I had the Star Wars Trilogy in a box set. While I absorbed the typical lessons of friendship, love and heartbreak as demonstrated by many children's movies, I was also shown a very different kind of heroine. My Princess was defiant rebel royalty.
With last weekends Women's March, bringing together over 3 million worldwide, some reports saying close to 5 million, Princess Leia has come to represent the rebellion in a much larger sense. Her intelligent, fierce and powerful personality resonate with many on a deeper level. While I feel it is impossible to describe the affect she has had on me, I feel like I can simply say, "If Princess Leia taught me anything it is that a woman's place is in the resistance."