Episode 33: Feminist Supercrew

If you had a starship and got to staff it with feminist icons from history and pop culture, who would you choose? What about Chief Engineer Kaylee Fry or Captain Coretta Scott King? What position would you pick for someone as multitalented as Sally Ride? Our hosts share their picks for a Starfleet feminist supercrew.

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Hosts: Andi, Grace, Sue, Jarrah

Editor: Jarrah

Our Crew Lists:


    • Captain – none
    • First officer – Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
    • Navigator/Helm – Nellie Bly
    • Chief Tactical Officer/Security Chief – Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
    • Science officer – Fred Burkle (Buffy)
    • Communications officer – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    • Chief Engineer – Kaylee Fry (Firefly)
    • Doctor – Hildegard von Bingen
    • Counselor – Oprah
    • Nurse – Mary Eliza Mahoney
    • First Contact Specialist – Janet Mock
    • Morale Officer – Beyonce




    • Captain – Geena Davis
    • First officer – Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
    • Navigator/Helm – Michelle Rodriguez
    • Chief Tactical Officer/Security Chief – Ellen Ripley
    • Science officer – Annie Jump Cannon
    • Communications officer – Aziz Ansari
    • Chief Engineer – Pearl (Steven Universe)
    • Doctor – Dana Scully
    • Counselor – Jennifer Melfi (The Sopranos)
    • Nurse – Harriet Tubman
    • First Contact Specialist – Nora Charles (The Thin Man)
    • Morale Officer – Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)




  3 comments for “Episode 33: Feminist Supercrew

  1. Sue, I especially loved your choice of Ursula K Le Guin for communications officer. For both of the reasons you mentioned, but also because she invented (in fictional terms, anyway!) the ansible, her faster than light communication device. 🙂 She’s one of my favourite writers, and certainly my favourite SF writer, and I still mourn her passing at the beginning of last year.

  2. I loved your feminist supercrews! I would also like to nominate Devi and Frieda from Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Aurora. Devi as engineer, because she kept the ship running against all odds, and Frieda in a leadership position because she kept the crew together when they seemed doomed and guided them home.

    • Great choice! Aurora is one of my favourite KSR novels and both of those characters are wonderful, especially Freya who of course we spend a lot more time getting to know. I’d also suggest that Ship should be – well, the ship! I seem to remember that Devi called her Pauline (a lot of KSR AIs are called Pauline), so at the very least she could be the voice of the computer. 🙂

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