At the recent 50th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, held by Creation Entertainment, Star Trek: Voyager’s Kate Mulgrew spoke at a Star Trek panel on Feminism entitled, ‘Women in Star trek Panel with Kate Mulgrew and fan experts talk 50 years of Feminism’.
At that panel Voyager’s Captain, Kate Mulgrew spoke on many important issues dealing with women within Star Trek, science fiction and life in general through recent history. One of the issues which the award winning actress also spoke passionately about was her endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. An issue which would of course be important from the feminist perspective regardless of the outcome of the upcoming Presidential election, as Secretary Clinton is in fact the first woman to accept the nomination to run for President of the United States from a major party.
While Politics is not a typical topic at a Star Trek or any other genre related convention for that matter, given the potential importance of the upcoming Presidential elections for President of the United States, maybe it is the perfect place for the times in which we all find ourselves. Regardless however, the spirit and mission of Star Trek is one of inclusion and diversity along with continued enlightenment and awareness and as such it would seem that there should in fact be a place for this discussion to be had.
While everyone’s point of view is of course valid and must be heard, Kate Mulgrew reminisced about visiting the White House and went on to described Secretary Hillary Clinton as a forward thinking woman who would be in Mulgrew’s opinion, “. . . Our best choice for the highest political office.”
Her words were described by Brian Stephenson who attended the panel as, “Eloquent and spoken from the heart and for me, this was a great panel.”
A special thanks to the photographer Judy Hoffman.