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. Now, 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 young girls to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers from The Expanse. Do yourselves a favor and catch up on the critically acclaimed sci-fi series. You won’t regret it.
Camina Drummer (portrayed by Cara Gee) serves as the second in command to Fred Johnson (Chad L. Coleman) at Tycho Station. She rose through the ranks in the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA), having also collaborated with Anderson Dawes (Jared Harris). Eventually, Drummer is promoted to captain of the Behemoth, a Belter war vessel. In Season 3 of The Expanse, Johnson sent Drummer to retrieve the Behemoth (formerly the Nauvoo) and serve as the face of the Belt, unifying Belters amid the war between Earth and Mars. Although little is known about Drummer’s past save the brief allusions to her relationship with Dawes, Drummer is an integral part of Tycho Station and the Belt as a whole.
The Real Deal:
Now, Drummer is a bad***. Plain and simple. She doesn’t mince words and refuses to “beat around the bush.” If she doesn’t like you, she’ll tell you to your face. Not to mention, our girl is a skilled fighter. She possesses a razor sharp intellect with a sense of humor to match. Drummer also refuses to tip toe around the male ego. She’ll put her colleagues in place with an ease that only someone who works in a male dominated field can. Drummer is also a proud Belter, one who’s willing to sacrifice herself for the good of the Belt.
Why She Matters:
Alright, so why does she matter? Did I mention that Drummer is the captain of a gigantic war vessel, overseeing thousands of Belters? While it’s not uncommon in The Expanse universe to see a woman in charge, this is still a dazzling feat that must not be taken lightly. In today’s day and age, it’s so crucial for women to see themselves in positions of authority, to see that it’s possible to succeed in that capacity. Captain Drummer matters tremendously, if not for her immense inner and outer strength than for the mere fact that she’s running a ship. Drummer doesn’t let others define her – she is her own person. She marches to the beat of her own drum (pun intended).
Beltalowda (for the uninitiated – People of the Belt), remember in Season 3 when Drummer sacrificed herself so Ashford (David Strathairn) could prevent the Behemoth from being sucked into the Station? She’ll do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of Belters everywhere. She’s selfless. She’s strong, physically and mentally. Drummer is also incredibly loyal, forging a wonderful friendship with Naomi Nagata (Dominique Tipper), despite the latter’s loyalty to a slew of “Inners.”
Now, friends, I encourage you to be like Drummer. Be strong. Dole out a Braveheart-esque speech whenever a dire situation arises. Be brave. Do what needs to be done to protect those you love. Know your self worth and don’t take s**t from anyone. Be a space pirate, should the chance ever present itself. Lastly, march to the beat of your own drum(mer).