While the latest “Star Trek” movie is facing criticism for its portrayal (or lack thereof) of female characters, let us not forget that the “Star Trek” franchise actually has a very impressive history of strong women characters. Growing up watching “The Original Series,” “The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager,” we found plenty of smart, outspoken, compassionate, powerful women to look up to. In fact, the ladies of “Star Trek” taught us some of our most enduring feminist lessons. Click through to check out our favorite Starfleet feminists–and the important lessons we learned from them!
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On the surface, “Star Trek Into Darkness” certainly looks like a typical dude movie. It’s got huge explosions, spaceships, fighting, and futuristic weapons. Obviously we would have loved it even if it was the most manly movie in history, but after seeing it for ourselves we were surprised to discover that, in many ways, it’s actually a total chick flick. How is this possible, you ask? Let us count the ways… Keep reading »