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The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-Fi History Star Trek: Voyager Stars Kathryn Janeway, First Major Female Trek Captain (1995)

Star Trek: Voyager Stars Kathryn Janeway, First Major Female Trek Captain (1995)

Diversity-loving Star Trek has always featured women in prominent, even leadership roles in its cast of characters (see: Lt. Uhura), but it wasn't until 1995—four years after creator Gene Roddenberry's death—that the franchise finally put a woman at the helm of her own series: Kathryn Janeway, Captain of the U.S.S. Voyager. Played by Kate Mulgrew, Star Trek: Voyager's Janeway was fair-minded, no-nonsense, empathetic, battle-tested and best of all, totally fallible—qualities that, like The X-Files' Scully's, demonstrated just how easy it is to write a complex, compelling character who just happens to be female.

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CBS Photo Archive/1995 CBS Photo Archive