Series: "The Original Series"
Who She Is: Chief Communications Officer on the USS Enterprise
What She Taught Us: There is power in working behind the scenes.
Alright, if we're being honest here, Uhura was not originally written as the most progressive of female characters. Like all the female Starfleet officers in Gene Roddenberry's original series, her uniform was a mini-dress. Throughtout the series, she held a phaser, like, twice, and only ever tussled with women. That being said, her character, her uniform and her rank evolved into much more feminist territory over the three seasons and six original "Trek" movies.
One constant, however, was her incredible multilingual abilities and her innate brilliance. As Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Uhura in the original series: “Uhura was far more than an intergalactic telephone operator. As head of Communications, she commanded a corps of largely unseen communications technicians, linguists, and other specialists who worked in the bowels of the Enterprise, in the ‘comm-center.’” While I wish Uhura had been given more to do in The Original Series, the thing I will always remember her for is how essential she was to maintaining peace with other alien races. Her job wasn't flashy, but without her, the Enterprise would have been in deep shit.