Star Trek, since 1966, has undoubtedly become the icon of science fiction and throughout half a century, the multi-billion franchise has influenced decades of culture and earned itself a massive loyal fan base. Now, with its whopping 695-episode collection streaming on Netflix, watching episodes over and over again is as easy as a few clicks – no disc switching required!
Globally, episodes that introduce iconic races, characters, or captains tend to be re-visited most. This is not surprising as the 51-year-old science fiction franchise has always been at the forefront of embracing diversity and gender equality.
On top of its space adventures that filled many with awe, it also taught the power of womanhood. The women of Star Trek exercised their right to freedom of expression, had the courage to uphold their beliefs and took care of themselves physically and emotionally without a male authoritative figure.
Here are five iconic Star Trek women that deserve our recognition and celebration: