Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women and nonbinary folks who inspire us. This not only includes fictional characters in geeky media but creators as well. These people are a prime example of empowerment and how crucial it is for youth to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers galore for comedic gem Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the character journey of Amy Santiago. If you’re not caught up on this bingpot of a series, you may want to remedy that now. You won’t regret it.
Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) grew up fully immersed in law enforcement. Her father was a police officer. She has seven brothers, thus learning early on in life how to put up a fight. Amy excelled in school, receiving top marks all across the board. In college, she studied art history.
Amy joined Brooklyn’s 99th precinct in 2008. She worked as a detective alongside Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) for quite some time before her promotion to sergeant. Amy and Jake initially started as friends. Later, their friendship evolved into a romantic relationship. In Season 5, Jake proposed to Amy, and they tied the knot by the end of said season. Amy’s ultimate objective is to be the youngest person promoted to captain.
At the end of Season 7, Amy gives birth to her and Jake’s son, McClane “Mac” Peralta. By the series’ end, Amy departs the 99th precinct, taking on a new position as the Chief of Police Reform.
The Real Deal:
Chief Amy Santiago is the real deal as far as role models go. She’s highly driven, and her undertakings always culminate in success. Amy has a solid moral compass and a heart she wears proudly on her sleeve. She’s loyal to her loved ones and would gladly lend a hand to those in need. Amy’s selflessness is admirable. She’s quirky and unabashedly geeky. Amy is brilliant, and she loves herself a good book. In addition, she’s one badass fighter, with her police training playing a vital role in that department. She loves unconditionally and genuinely cares about people.
Why She Matters:
Amy is a woman of color working as a chief in the NYPD. She’s proof positive that skin color and gender should never stand between you and your dreams (and anyone who says otherwise can f*ck off). Young kids everywhere can find inspiration aplenty in Amy Santiago. Amy’s drive and the pursuit of her goals should inspire us all.
Additionally, Amy’s a multifaceted woman. She’s incredibly tenderhearted but will lay down the law (literally) when necessary. She reminds us that women are allowed to be more than one thing. We can be vulnerable and strong. Tender and assertive. These traits can coexist without negating each other. Amy is a big ole softie, but she’ll also kick your ass, especially if you mess with Jake or her friends.
So, be like Amy. Live the life you want. Love with all your heart. Throw yourself headfirst into your goals, and set the bar as high as possible. Life is too short, so dance awkwardly. Don’t forget — an organized binder can increase efficiency in your workplace. (Title of your sex tape?)