As I’ve been slaughtering my way through the ranks of Just Cause 4‘s Black Hand military organization, I’ve noticed something interesting about its soldiers. The Black Hand employs an exceptional amount of women fighters.
Foot soldiers in the Black Hand wear balaclavas, so it’s hard to discern any physical traits, but they do call out to each other and scream in agony as they die. From this, I spent much of my earlier fights noting how many of their calls very clearly came from women.
I decided to do a test, cataloging the sexes of 40 random Black Hand soldiers to determine just how progressive the organization’s hiring process really is. Out of my 40-soldier sample size, 23 were female and 17 were male.
While a majority of women may sound like impressive representation, it should be noted that all of the Black Hand’s elite operators—snipers, grenadiers, etc.—seem to be exclusively male, which lead me to exclude them from this tally. That said, such a gender split is admirable. It’s also worth acknowledging that the leader of the Black Hand, Gabriela Morales, is female as well.
With an increasing number of female protagonists over recent years, it’s good to see women also filling up the other side of the line. Sure, powerful female antagonists aren’t unusual, but it’s about time more women join in on the gun-wielding grunt work.