20Saved: Paramount Allowing a Lead Female Captain
In the original series’ pilot, NBC ordered Gene Roddenberry to get rid of the woman first office because she was “too threatening.” In the original series final, one female character stands against the “chauvinistic Starfleet” that didn’t allow female captains.
Paramount reportedly stated to Berman, “Let’s not
close the door to men. Look at men as well” when they were forced to recast. They didn’t refuse casting a woman, but no one at the studio was sure they’d “find the right woman.” The day shooting was to begin was reportedly when they made the decision to have a female Captain for sure.