Princess Leia Had a Ph.D. and Could Have Been Called Dr. Leia in STAR WARS

As if Princess Leia wasn't already the baddest female in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars fans were shocked to learn over the weekend that not only was she a Senator, a military leader, but she also had her Ph.D, and got it at the age of 19.

This overlooked detail was pointed out by Twitter user Becca Harrison, who discovered the news in the book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation by Carolyn Cocca.

According to Cocca, in 2004 commentary for Star Wars: A New Hope George Lucas said that Leia obtained her doctorate — among other accolades — while Luke was on tatooine being a "naive farm boy."

"She's like a very sophisticated, urbanized ruler, a senator, so she's a politician," said Lucas, according to Cocca's book. "She's accomplished, graduated, got her Ph.D. at 19 and she rules people."

Star Wars fans have long known Leia was tough and intelligent but getting her Ph.D. at 19 has pushed her up to another notch of badassery.

Sadly, the last time we will see Carrie Fisher as Gen. Leia Organa will be in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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