Where no women have gone before: How ‘Star Trek Discovery’ represents a historic change for iconic franchise (exclusive)

Fifty years ago, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry conceived of a utopic future Earth where humankind had long since moved beyond the racial, class and gender divisions holding society back. In the decades since The Original Series, the Star Trek franchise has continued to assemble diverse crews for series like The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Premiering on CBS All Access in September 2017, Star Trek: Discovery boasted a female co-showrunner, Gretchen J. Berg (who has since parted ways with the show in advance of Season 2), as well as six female scribes, including Be Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt and Kirsten Beyer.

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