Sigourney Weaver "I worked hard and made my own way, just as my father had. And just, I'm sure, as he hoped I would. I learned, from observing him, the satisfaction that comes from striving and seeing a dream fulfilled."
Aliens - 1986. Sequel to 1979's Alien. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). the sole survivor of the first mission, wakes from hyper sleep to learn that the planet has been colonized by miners and their families, but contact has been lost. I think she was the first tough, take charge and rescue herself female protagonist in a scifi/horror movie. Maybe any movie genre to that point?
Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Alien - she's probably the queen of sci-fi heroines and leading ladies from fighting Xenomorph aliens to hanging with the Ghostbusters to starring on Galaxy Quest to saving an alien race in an Avatar.