Originally published on 05/22/2019

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. This not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media but creators as well. 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 contains spoilers galore for comedic gem Brooklyn Nine-Nine. If you’re not caught up with this bingpot of a series, you may want to remedy that now. You won’t regret it. 

Amy Santiago 

Fast Facts:

Still of Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta and Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “He Said, She Said” Episode 610 — Pictured: (l-r) Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Krista Kalmus as Paula — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Amy Santiago (portrayed by 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 Five, 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. 

The Real Deal:

Sergeant Amy Santiago is truly the real deal as far as role models go. She’s highly driven, and her undertakings always culminate in success. Amy has a strong 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 also 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:

Still of Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago and Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “Casecation” Episode 612 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta — (Photo by: John P. Fleenor/NBC)

Why does she matter? For starters, Amy is a woman of color working as a sergeant in the NYPD. She’s proof positive that the color of your skin and gender should never stand between you and your dreams. Young girls everywhere can find inspiration aplenty in Amy Santiago. Amy’s drive and the pursuit of her goals should be an inspiration to 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 still maintain a strong façade. One does not negate the other. Amy is a big ol’ softie, but she’ll also kick your arse, 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 it can go. Life is too short, so dance as awkwardly as possible. Don’t forget — an organized binder can increase efficiency in your workplace. Title of your sex tape? 

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