Throughout cinematic history, plenty of men have tried their hands at turning the tides with a swift kick of vengeance — but they weren’t alone. Movies aren’t always blind when it comes to gender, and men tend to get an unfair advantage, especially when it comes to being the aggressive protagonists. However, the playing field is starting to even out. Slowly but surely, women are bringing balance to the Force, so to speak.

Some women in film have had no trouble taking matters into their own hands, gladly getting those hands dirty in the process. They were wronged, so they stepped up. They were pushed, so they pushed back. They proved in their ...

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