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 Apple TV + and Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation.

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Gaal Dornick

Fast Facts:

Gaal in front of the council in Foundation.

Lou Llobell in Foundation. Image courtesy of Apple TV.

Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) is the brilliant mathematical prodigy from the water planet of Synnax. She was initially a member of the Seer Church before turning her back after the death of her friend and mentor, Arren Sorn (Wale Ojo). Gaal collected his illegal notes and taught herself mathematics against her parent’s wishes. She eventually solved the Abraxas Conjecture and was invited to meet Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) on Trantor.

This brought Gaal into the path of the Galactic Empire and Brother Day (Lee Pace) and Brother Dusk (Terrance Mann). Seldon’s Psychohistory had been predicted to be the end of the empire, and Gaal was the only person who could truly debunk the claim. After a tribunal, Gaal and Seldon are banished from Trantor but allowed to take a group of people to Terminus to found the Foundation to safeguard the civilization’s history.

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While onboard the slow ship to Terminus, Gaal quickly became a leader in this new revolution. She also formed a secret relationship with Raych Foss (Alfred Enoch). On the night of Raych’s apparent murder of Seldon, he forces Gaal into a pod containing stasis fluid and sends her into space for 34 years. She is on a ship with a digital Hari Seldon heading to Helicon when she awakes. She shared with digital Seldon that she was heading to his apartment that night because she had realized she could see the future.

Gaal tries to uncover more information on why Seldon uploaded his memory to a ship and why he wanted Raych to kill him. But Seldon continues to leave Gaal in the dark. Her frustration finally wins out, and she leaves the ship and heads off to Synnax. When she crash lands on the water planet, she comes face to face with Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey).

The Real Deal:

Gaal searching for something on Synnax.

Lou Llobell in Foundation. Image courtesy of Apple TV.

So, why is Gaal Dornick the real deal? She takes the title of mathematic genius to a whole new level. Gaal was the only person in 500 years to solve the Abraxas Conjecture. She was also the only person who could help in Seldon’s case with the Galactic Empire. But she isn’t just all brains and no brawn. Throughout the first season of Foundation, we see that she is just as capable of holding her own and putting her equations into action as she is coming up with them.

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Why She Matters:

So, why does Gaal Dornick matter? Science fiction has always been a large part of the nerd community. And over the years, we watched inspirational women come to life before our eyes. In the original novels, Gaal Dornick’s character was male, but Apple TV+ chose to gender-swap her for the series, and we couldn’t be happier. She isn’t just a side character but a main character who is strong and smart on her own. Gaal shows us that it’s cool to be smart and take matters into your own hands.

So be like Gaal Dornick – embrace your strengths, fight for your beliefs, and remember that math is freaking incredible.

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