Fictional Kickass Women in STEM: Samantha Carter, SG-1, Stargate

Amanda Tapping at comic con 2007. Attribution required, please credit Jill Bratcher c2007 or Jill B./MajorSamFan c2007Samantha “Sam” Carter is an astrophysicist and USAF captain. Played by Amanda Tapping in a regular role in seasons 1–10, Carter joins SG-1 under the command of Col. O’Neill in season 1.

In one episode, she becomes a computer. In another, she lectures to USAF academy students brilliantly. In a third episode, she figures out how to reverse time.

And so much more!

As a character, I love how she’s both tough, sweet, a good person, and brilliant.



A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.

I love all the characters of SG-1, but especially love the character of Sam Carter.

I’d watched this show years ago, but had forgotten how much Sam was kickass, smart, brilliant really, and had a good heart.

SG-1 ran for 10 years, from 1997-2007. I’m currently binge-watching it on Amazon Prime.



I loved this movie.

From IMDB: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

You can watch it on Amazon Prime. I really enjoyed re-watching it recently.

And you?

Do you have a favorite show you’re geeking out about?

Do you have a favorite fictional woman character in STEM, either in TV, movies, or books?

Let me know! Post in the comments.

About Beth Barany


Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.

She is the award-winning author of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer and the acclaimed paranormal romance author of the Touchstone series. She’s currently at work on a science fiction mystery series.

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