Not counting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and aside from Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and Padmé Amidala in the prequel Star Wars trilogy, there are not a lot of female characters in Star Wars. Women always end up in the background or not doing any of the fighting or action.
But there were, in fact, originally three female fighter pilots in Return of the Jedi. Unfortunately, all three were cut out of the final edition of the film. Now, through the power of Blu-ray, you can take a look at the only three female fighter pilots in the whole series.
The first, pictured below, did make the final cut of Return of the Jedi but her only line – “Got it.” – was later dubbed over by a man and then seconds later she was blown up by a Tie-Fighter.