This something that should interest Audra, Starbuccaner, Casilda and others. How are women handled in Science Fiction media and literature, and how has it changed over time, and which writers and directors handle them the best.
Examples of strong female characters:
Ripley- Alien Franchise
Leeloo- Fifth Element
Princess Leia and Queen Amidala
Mononoke Hime San - Princess Mononoke
Revvy- Black Lagoon
Nausicaa of the valley of the wind or nearly any Ghibli Studio's main character
Aunty Entity – Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Piper- Drive Angry
Lisbeth Salander- The Girl with the dragon tattoo (OK not scifi but I love her)
Honor Harrington- David Weber
Urban Horror is rife with strong Women-
Anyways I shall stop there, this is just a taste there are far more no doubt and I need to get to work so I am short on time. And everyone has their own favorites so please post them here and discuss, it is nice to see how the roles of women have changed over time from 'damsel in distress' to competent fleshed out characters who either contribute to the story or help drive it themselves.