Colin Hanks and his 4-year-old daughter say they want more strong women in "Star Wars."

Colin Hanks and his 4-year-old daughter say they want more strong women in "Star Wars."
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Colin Hanks took to Instagram to talk about how "Star Wars" is letting down little girls, including his own.

So, the other night, on May the 4th to be exact, I sat down with my 4 year old daughter and showed her Star Wars: A New Hope. It was her first time watching it. She loved it. Her favorite character was Princess Leia. She kept asking "Where is Princess Leia? Where is Princes Leia?" A few nights later, I show her Empire Strikes Back (or as she called it "The Emperor stripes back) and within four minutes of watching the movie she says, "It's so tiring watching these movies. It's always boys, boys, boys and there's only one girl." I could not of been more proud of her. So today I take her to Toys "R" Us to buy her a light saber and a Princess Leia toy. After being told that the light sabers were "in the boys section", she picks out the light saber of her choosing and asks about the Princess Leia toy. One problem: they only had the "slave Leia". As you can see, sad depressing, "slave Leia". So wrong. The only good to come from this is that, once again, my daughter makes me look at the world in a whole new light. #HelpusJJyoureouronlyhope

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Colin Hanks is trying to take his dad, Tom Hanks, as the most beloved actor in America. Like Tom Hanks, Colin cares about helping kids, particularly girls, achieve their goals. This weekend he took to Instagram to talk about how sharing Star Wars with his daughter for the first time was an exciting, then disappointing experience. He wrote:

So, the other night, on May the 4th to be exact, I sat down with my 4 year old daughter and showed her Star Wars: A New Hope. It was her first time watching it. She loved it. Her favorite character was Princess Leia. She kept asking "Where is Princess Leia? Where is Princes Leia?" A few nights later, I show her Empire Strikes Back (or as she called it "The Emperor stripes back) and within four minutes of watching the movie she says, "It's so tiring watching these movies. It's always boys, boys, boys and there's only one girl." I could not of been more proud of her. So today I take her to Toys "R" Us to buy her a light saber and a Princess Leia toy. After being told that the light sabers were "in the boys section", she picks out the light saber of her choosing and asks about the Princess Leia toy. One problem: they only had the "slave Leia". As you can see, sad depressing, "slave Leia". So wrong. The only good to come from this is that, once again, my daughter makes me look at the world in a whole new light. #HelpusJJyoureouronlyhope
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If only all the nerds out there who don't get why women are disappointed with the lack of powerful female figures in franchises like Star Wars or Marvel's Avengers could see what these movies look like through the eyes of a little girl. Might even put them off "playing" with Slave Leia for awhile.

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