I pretty much agree with you. Also, even the smalllength of time we had Pulaski she did seem to evolve. She was very harsh on Data when she first arrived but somewhere along the way she seemed to see him more like an advanced life form and not so much like a walking tricorder. On another point, I don'tthink she was the first intelligent and confident woman in a starfleet uniform. Tasha was a pretty damn confident officer and I wouldn't be so quick to say she wasn't that smart. Also, though it wasn't the winning pilot, Number One in the first TOS pilot was confident, ballsy and intelligent. On another note, Uhura developed in the films to be pretty confident perhaps even cunning.