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 young girls to have said example to follow.

DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers galore for The Expanse. If you’re not caught up with the series, I suggest you mosey on over to Amazon Prime and binge away. 

Naomi Nagata

Fast Facts:

Pictured: Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata, syfy.com

Naomi Nagata (portrayed by Dominique Tipper) was born in the Belt, and spent her childhood on various Belter mining ships. Both of her parents are deceased and not much of her past is known. Naomi was involved with the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA) from an early age, affiliated with such prominent Belter figures like Anderson Dawes. She revealed to her romantic partner and Rocinante shipmate James Holden (Steven Strait) that she has a son named Filip. Unfortunately, she is unable to track down her child. Naomi was no stranger to violence and poverty while growing up in the Belt, and has risen through the ranks as a brilliant engineer. Naomi also curated a special bond while aboard the Canterbury with mechanic Amos Burton (Wes Chatham).

The Real Deal:

Now, every woman on The Expanse is a strong, multi-faceted character in her own right. Naomi is no exception. She’s incredibly smart, gifted with an overabundance of street savvy and scholarly intellect. Naomi fought tooth and nail to achieve her goals, becoming somewhat of a Belter success story. She holds multiple degrees, and is known for her skills as an engineer. Naomi’s loyalty to the OPA and the Belt, while difficult to understand for those from Earth and Mars, is quite admirable. She’s immensely loyal to her loved ones, and will take a bullet for them without hesitation. Her impressive engineering abilities have saved the Roci countless times. She’s tough-as-nails, intelligent, loyal and compassionate. Naomi Nagata is the real deal, Screaming Firehawks. 

Why She Matters:

Pictured: Dominique Tipper, syfy.com

Alright, why does Naomi matter? She’s an immensely strong woman of color working as an engineer. Imagine all the young girls watching Naomi, realizing they too can successfully live in the world of engineering. We could always use more engineers. Naomi is a wonderful inspiration to women across the globe. She proves that one can start from humble beginnings and reach for the stars (in her case, literally). Naomi achieved her dreams, and so can we. She is is the pinnacle of “smashing the glass ceiling.” 

Not to mention, Naomi’s innate compassion is something to behold. Her love for the Belt and her willingness to give back to her people tugs at the heartstrings. She’s selfless, and shows that helping those in need should always be a priority for us as humans. That inherent kindness is infectious and an example for everyone to follow. We could all stand to take a page from Naomi’s book in that regard. 

So, be like Naomi. Be courageous and kind. Never forget your roots. Love without inhibitions. Always rise above the obstacles impeding you. Achieve your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you. Never be afraid of your intellect – nurse it. Oh, and engineering is most certainly cool. 

Yam Seng Beltalowda!

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Melody McCune
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