Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on the women who inspire us. Each week, we will highlight a favorite female character or creator of geeky media. 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 for Superstore up to the season 4 finale. If you are not caught up with the series, then you may not want to read on, but if you don’t care about spoilers either way, then continue!


Fast Facts:

Sandra (played by Kaliko Kauahi) is an employee of Cloud 9 Superstore.  She may seem shy and quiet at first, but this Native Hawaiian has a lot to say. She is quirky, loyal, a little awkward, and a hard worker who always follows orders, no matter how dangerous the task.  Yes, Sandra is your average Jane, but she has the heart of a warrior.  She fights for the little guy, no matter how many times Dina (Lauren Ash) tells her to shut up. And she fights for Love!

The Real Deal:
GGA Crush of the Week - Sandra played by Kaliko Kauahi

Chris Grace as Jerry and Kaliko Kauahi as Sandra in Superstore, “Scanners.” Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC

Sandra had a hard time finding her voice in the first three seasons of the show.  She was left behind, forgotten about, and given the dirty jobs because she didn’t speak up.  That all changed when she found the love of her life, Jerry.

Sandra pretended to be in a fake relationship with the store’s general manager.  That’s when she met Jerry (Chris Grace), but co-worker Carol (Irene White) swooped in to claim him. Sandra and Jerry couldn’t deny their love, but Carol wouldn’t give up. To end the love triangle, Carol flipped a coin for Jerry and Sandra lost.  True love will not be denied! Jerry and Sandra continued to see each other in secret.  And at the end of season four, Jerry proposed.

Love conquers all and Sandra is a big fan of love.  She also has a dark side, mostly displayed when she has to deal with Carol. Carol kept Sandra and Jerry apart. She told lies about her and had Sandra fired.  Sandra pushed back by leaving Carol outside during a tornado. Something tells me this rivalry isn’t over.

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Why She Matters:

Sandra found the courage to raise her voice and fight for love.  Her biggest fight came at the end of season four. She was blamed for a tweet that made Cloud 9 look bad.  She was fired but fought to get her job back.  The store employees praised her, thinking she sent the tweet.  That’s when she called for the employees to unionize.  That idea hasn’t quite worked out…yet.  Season five will tell if her cause will gain momentum. 

It may have taken some time, but Sandra found her voice.  Throughout the series, Sandra has blossomed, making friends among her co-workers…except Carol. Sandra matters because she represents the little gal who won’t let the corporate big wigs push her around anymore. So be like Sandra and Don’t Shut Up!

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This article was originally published on July 10, 2019.

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