Leia’s Force Sensitivity
I find it sad that there are a large number of people arguing against Leia being force sensitive, or arguing that Luke’s potential was always greater than hers. Her father is the super force-filled Anakin and even her mother, Padme seemed to have an above average connection to the force. We are 50% of each of our parents, how could Leia not be powerful in her own right?
No matter how many female Jedi are introduced to canon, Leia was the first we ever met. If it were not for her, many of the powerful women in sci-fi and fantasy would have never existed because Leia set a new trend.
When George Lucas was penning the OT, I don’t think he foreshadowed Leia’s powers correctly because that character gained a life of her own and in the beginning, I don’t think he even knew what he was creating. He didn’t even fully understand the rules of the world he was building.
Now new characters like Ezra are emerging in a fully developed Star Wars universe, one in which we understand a lot more about the Jedi and the force. These characters almost seem ridiculously powerful as the writers are jumping straight in and having them use techniques that we barely knew about in the OT. This actually undermines the concealed abilities of Leia and the gradual progress of Luke. Even Anakin, the chosen one, did not immediately stand out to Qui Gon. The Jedi Master spoke with the boy’s mother and learned a little about him before concluding that he was strong with the force.
I actually think that you have to look for the force in a person, before you find it. If force users dismiss or underestimate someone like Leia, they actually blind themselves to the possibility of her being something more than she seems. Dark side users in particular tend to look for the obvious, concerning themselves with power in this life. I always felt that Yoda had a soft spot for Leia. He mentioned her a few times and spoke of her and Luke as if he felt them equally through the force. As someone who was not physically imposing, Yoda would not underestimate Leia because of her gender or stature.
I will end it there, please excuse grammatical/ spelling errors. I hope some of you believe in Leia’s abilities as much as I do.