Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for youth to have said example to follow.

DISCLAIMER: The following article contains spoilers for all eight currently released seasons of Futurama.

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Doctor Amy Wong

Fast Facts:

Billy West as Professor Farnsworth and Lauren Tom as Amy Wong in her Partyboarding gear.

Amy Wong (Lauren Tom) is a long-term intern at Planet Express. While she may have originally earned the position thanks to the fact that she has the same blood type as Professor Farnsworth (Billy West), her intelligence and adaptability have proved essential in many of the crew’s galaxy-class missions (not to mention a fair number of the business’ package deliveries). While she was born on Mars to obscenely rich parents and is a graduate student at Mars University, Amy lives and works in New New York City on Earth. She made her first appearance on Futurama in the second episode of season 1, “The Series Has Landed.”

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Amy returns to Mars Universe to present her doctorial thesis in the Futurama season 6 episode “That Darn Katz!” Initially, her doctorate is denied. However, this is just a pretense to allow Professor Morris Katz (Maurice LaMarche) the opportunity to steal Amy’s academic work and claim credit for it himself. Fortunately, Amy and Nibbler (Frank Welker) are able to combine their cuteness in order to save the planet. Afterward, Amy is awarded her doctorate in Applied Physics.

Fonfon Ru

Thanks to her position as an intern at PlanEx, Amy met her future Fonfon Ru, Lieutenant Kif Kroker (LaMarche) in season 1’s “A Flight to Remember.” While it was love at first sight, Kif became afraid to call Amy afterward. In spite of Kif’s attraction-induced nervousness, he and Amy become a long-term couple beginning in season 3’s “Amazon Women in the Mood.” 

Later, in the season 4 episode “Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch,” Kif’s feelings for Amy cause him to become pregnant after his skin is touched by Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal). While Amy is initially hesitant about the reorganization of priorities that accompanies motherhood, the fact that Kif’s species has a twenty-year subaquatic incubation period softens the transition. And in the straight-to-DVD movie The Beast with a Billion Backs, Kif and Amy romantically commit to one another in a Fonfon Ru ceremony conducted by the Grand Priestess (Tress MacNeille) on Amphibios 9.

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The Real Deal: 

Lauren Tom as Amy Wong and Katey Sagal as Turanga Leela. As members of the Feminisitas, they have stolen the Planet Express ship.

Amy is the real deal. While she may have been born into a family that owned the entire Western Hemisphere of Mars, Amy is eventually able to examine her privilege. In season 3’s “Where the Buggalo Roam,” Amy is willing to negotiate with the Indigenous Martians (although the Indigenous Martians stick with the original deal when they realize the considerable value of the diamond the Wong family used to purchase the Martian land from them). And in Futurama season 7’s “Viva Mars Vegas,” Amy steals the Wong fortune back from the Robot Mafia in order to return the property to its rightful owners: the Martians.

While Amy has enjoyed many benefits thanks to immense financial privilege, she is willing to stand up for her beliefs, even if they bring her into conflict with her wealthy parents. One example occurred in Into the Wild Green Yonder, in which Amy joined the Feministas in their conflict against Amy’s father, Leo Wong (West), and his giant-sized sexist miniature golf course.

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Why She Matters:

Why does Amy matter? She shows that being a klutz who cares about makeup and wears cute sweat suits doesn’t preclude you from also holding a doctorate in a field like Applied Physics. Through her relationship with Kif, she demonstrates that it isn’t necessary to compromise your personal values or priorities in order to have a fulfilling romantic relationship. And while she may not have parental approval for her association with the rest of the PlanEx crew, her membership on the team helps save the entire universe on more than one occasion.

So, be like Amy. Don’t be confined to the shortsightedness and privileged perspective of the previous generation. Recognize that your happiness in life may not resemble the expectations others have placed upon you. And remember that it’s never too late to begin reversing the mistakes of the past, even when dealing with mistakes on a planetary scale. 

All episodes of Futurama are currently available for streaming on Hulu.

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