Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Chase Masterson will moderate the Closing the Gender Gap in Entertainment: Systemic Social Change Through Media panel tomorrow at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The panel will also include Carmen Perez, Lauren Duca, Bettina Hausman, Ravi Karkara, Gail Simone, Carrie Goldman, Jennifer K Stuller, and Dr. Janina Scarlet.
“It is a supreme honor to moderate this groundbreaking panel on the intersection of pop culture and women’s equality, as well as its economic implications,” said Masterson. “Research shows that when more women are hired in entertainment, both on camera and in production, more women’s stories are told, and women are empowered in countless ways. I have always been an advocate for women, but the integrity of Star Trek‘s message of equality has resonated with me increasingly due to DS9. The future is a place of unremitting inclusivity. Let’s make that future start now.
“Both as an employee of Quark’s, and then as the wife of a Ferengi, Leeta was never expected to speak out, or to have any strength or voice of her own. She was basically expected to exist in service to men, objectified. But she didn’t conform to those stereotypes. Originally, some people saw Chase in the same way. So, yeah, not bad, for a Dabo Girl.”
Those unable to attend the panel in person can see the livestream on the Pop Culture Coalition Facebook page or the United Nations Association San Diego Chapter Facebook page beginning at 10:30 AM tomorrow. The panel runs though noon and will afterwards be archived on both pages.