Star Trek was perhaps the most groundbreaking series to ever grace television. The show broke a lot of social barriers at the time, took science fiction television into the next level and featured the first interracial kiss. It was written in such a way that it usually parrelled the realities we were living in. When the race was an issue, it was Star Trek that shared that mixed race kiss. It gave us an interracial crew that worked together and even put women in the driver’s seat at times. This show was all about pushing the limits. Here are some of the strong women of Star Trek.
Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew)
1995 saw Star Trek: Voyager debut on CBS. It was amongst the most popular of the Star Trek series and gave new form to the Star Trek format. Before Voyager we only ever had male captains. This show gave us Captain Kathryn Janeway. Portrayed by Kate Mulgrew, Janeway was tough as nails and never afraid to take chances. On many episodes she didn’t hesitate to go against protocol if it meant the safety of her team. She was dedicated and loyal to her team before anything else. The show producers painted us a captain that was both thoughtful and intelligent. It was a trait that made her appear very human and very relatable. Outside of her character, Kate Mulgrew still acts and is currently portraying Galina Reznikov in Orange is the New Black.