There is no reason to set her aside. She was on the show, a female, in a command position. Roddenberry's ulterior motives don't change that fact. Edited for clarity: I just realized the post I responded to was edited just before I hit the quote button. The above sentence is referring to Number One from the Menagerie because that's who the quote from Tenacity originally referred to rather than 'a few exceptions'. /edit Also the idea that women can't be captains yet can be lieutenants is obviously ridiculous on the face of it. The chain of command requires that lieutenants be able and allowed to take command if they're the ranking officer in a crisis. We even saw Kirk leave Lt. Sulu in command of the whole ship on TOS (and we saw Uhura in command of the ship on TAS). And we now have Philippa Georgiou set a decade before TOS. Not to mention Erika Hernandez in the 22nd century, who presumably did not get casually demoted to Lt. the second Earth's starfleet was folded into the Federation Starfleet.