Re: Janice Lester / Turnabout Intruder
STAR TREK was generally very forward-looking; I would say the episode was probably a commentary on contemporary society (rather than the future world of the Federation)—that capable individuals were excluded from rising to their fullest because of tradition or bigotry.
I agree that it was probably foremost a commentary on contemporary scociety but
at the expense of Roddenberry's utopian vision of the future where male dominance seems still to rule.
In simpler language: The vision was sacrificed for a story, but it's the last episode we are talking about.
"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based! Jean-Luc Picard