Teen Longed to be ‘Star Wars’ Rey, Settled for Leia

When I was 10 years old, I dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween. I dressed up as her because I admired her, and because I felt like I had no choice. My brother and I were both deep in our Star Wars phases, and I knew I had to match his Darth Vader costume with an iconic character of my own. Of course, as a little girl, there weren’t many iconic female characters to choose from, but I didn’t mind too much at the time. Leia was the first female character that I truly considered a role model, the first one that made me think: I want to be like her.

‘Seat at the Table’ video: Samantha Bee Inspires Teen Conversations

(WOMENSENEWS)– During lunchtime at her New Jersey high school, Bryn Healy and her friends talk about politics and Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal.” This declaration pleases Musimbi Kanyoro, the Executive Director of the Global Fund for Women. In this final installment of their conversation for the “Seat at the Table” series, Kanyoro encourages Healy and her circle to use their “critical minds to understand issues more thoroughly.”

“Seat At The Table” is made possible through the generous support of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and was produced in partnership with Manhattan Neighborhood Network.