If you’re attending Geek Girl Con in Seattle October 11-12, make sure to check out our panel on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Room 303.
A Woman’s Place is on the Bridge: Trek Women in Charge
When Star Trek: Voyager first aired in 1995 with Captain Janeway in command, many fans thought having a woman in charge was long overdue. But even today, fan comments on Janeway are divided and include gendered critiques of her hair, voice, and personality. What can we learn from Star Trek and its commanding characters like Janeway, Doctor Pulaski, Kira Nerys, and “Number One”about women in positions of authority and how our society judges them against their male counterparts?
Jarrah Hodge: Jarrah Hodge is a feminist blogger and commentator who runs the award-winning Canadian feminist blog gender-focus.com and is a core organizer for Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) Vancouver. She grew up in a family of Trek fans and in the last few years has turned her feminist lens on Star Trek and geek culture for Bitch Magazine; podcasts like All Things Trek and Trekabout; Trek Radio; panels at Star Trek: Las Vegas and GeekGirlCon 2013; and her new blog Trekkie Feminist (trekkiefeminist.com).
Grace Moore: Grace Moore is co-host of the podcast All Things Trek, and a pop culture blogger for Mythcreants. She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College, and had the dubious honor of being Comics Editor for the Cooper Point Journal (a position previously held by Simpsons creator Matt Groening). She likes robots and doodling. Approach with caution.
Jamala Nadra: Jamala Nadra has been working for 94.9 KUOW Public Radio since 2004, and currently holds the position of newscaster/reporter. Before working at KUOW, she worked in media as a video production assistant, and a broadcaster at a radio reading service for blind people. Jamala studied Media at The Evergreen State College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts. She loves doing crafty stuff like making candles, wire-wrapped jewelry, and drawing, and shes really into reading about mythology, storytelling, and everything by Joseph Campbell. Oh, and she also loves dearly loves the genres of science fiction and fantasy, reading comics, and tracking technology and how its changing our lives. Jamala lives in South Seattle with her two awesome cats named after two of her favorite Farscape characters, Crighton and Jothee.
Tanya: Tanya has written about arts and culture (pop or otherwise) for Flavorpill, Coilhouse, and KQED Pop. She is one of the co-founders of Geekquality, a site focused on a critical analysis of geek media, and Cinema Midnight, a cult and B-movie appreciation site. She is currently trying her hand at writing short stories.
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(“A Woman’s Place is On the Bridge” art by Rachelle Abellar, for our panel T-Shirts! Please do not reuse without permission.)