catalenamara (catalenamara) wrote,

Women in Starfleet: Lt. Charlene Masters

I think it’s safe to say that the TOS Trek episode “The Alternative Factor” isn’t on anyone’s top 10 list. (But if it is, I’d love details...!)

Still, when the other day I read that the actress Janet MacLachlan had passed away it reminded me how her one-episode portrayal of Lt. Charlene Masters impressed me when I first watched that episode back in the 60s. Here was a female officer in Engineering – not exactly a stereotyped female position. Uhura was cool, Chapel a bit annoying, but as a lot of women pointed out both of them were doing what were considered 1960s “women’s jobs” – switchboard operator and nurse. (I was also glad whenever Uhura was shown doing nuts-and-bolts wiring work as well as “opening hailing frequencies”. And of course Chapel had become an MD in STTMP.)

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