While Klingons have always shared that their women are as strong as their men, the society has largely been portrayed as male dominant over the years, and that is an issue we’ll see explored in ‘Star Trek: Discovery.’ Primarily, this will come forward as Mary Chieffo’s L’Rell is trying to rule as the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council. While she quite literally has a weapon that could destroy the Klingon homeworld at her disposal, it isn’t something that can be used in the daily governing of Klingon affairs. Showrunner Alex Kurtzman has stated that a big issue that will be discussed this season is that “there’s a female Klingon leading a warfaring, mostly male-dominated race.”
As “Star Trek” has always hit on current social issues this seems to be looking at one of those in our society where executive producer Heather Kadin shared that, “And sometimes, it can be hard for women to have a position of power without being questioned. I don’t know if you are aware of that.”
As to how this will play out on screen, Kurtzman elaborated:
“So it’s in the spirit of all great Trek. We’re mirroring so much of what is happening in our world now. And what she’s dealing with is what every woman who’s in a position like that, and not in a position like that, is dealing with when it comes to the way they are living in a patriarchy. So, very much, that is what we’re tackling. And L’Rell is strong, and she is … you know, she has to meet their fire with — not just fire, but actually real consideration and thoughtfulness and strategy. And it’s really interesting to see L’Rell grow into the leader that she becomes this season.”
Even in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ it is noted that women are only able to serve on the council under special circumstances so it is questionable as to how much change L’Rell’s leadership will actually have on The Klingon Empire.
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Source: Comic Book.