There’s been something of a debate raging ever since John Boyega appeared in stormtrooper armor in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some flat out had an issue with his race, but others questioned it purely from the point of view that it messed with the idea that stormtroopers were all clones of Jango Fett (assuming that Boyega’s character wasn’t undercover).
It appears that first novel published since Disney threw out the Expanded Universe has quietly settled the matter.
Donna Dickens over at HitFix noticed that in Chapter 22 of Star Wars: A New Dawn, there is a scene with two stormtroopers searching a bar looking for a criminal. The line of import reads, “The female stormtrooper surveyed the cheering crowd.” This both firmly establishes that the stormtroopers aren’t clones and that there are definitely some women under those white suits of armor.
See the page from the book after the break.
This is now canon. And keep in mind that the events in the book take place before A New Hope.
(via The Mary Sue)