14 Groundbreaking 2014 moments for women in sci-fi

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Dec 31, 2014, 4:11 PM EST

Some credit Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1818 as the official birth of science fiction. Despite that origin, however, the genre hasn't always been a place where the spotlight has shone on women; it wasn't until 1979 that Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley truly broke ground as one of the greatest female protagonists in film history. Still, things have improved -- sure, it's been a bit of an uphill battle since, but overall, sci-fi/fantasy has, over the past few decades, been an arena where women have flourished creatively, both as characters and creators. This past year was no exception, giving us a number of moments that proved that ladies can be box-office draws, fight just as hard as the guys, helm major blockbuster movies, write award-winning sci-fi and be a lot more than the hot girl who needs saving and a boyfriend.