The new Bridgerton TV series has taken the world by storm, with its captivating storyline, stunning costumes, and diverse cast. But one aspect of the show that has really stood out is the character of Queen Charlotte, played brilliantly by Golda Rosheuvel as the older queen, and India Ria Amarteifio as the younger version of the queen. Queen Charlotte is the most feminist character yet in the Bridgerton series and the feminist we need to be watching on TV.

Firstly, Queen Charlotte is a powerful and influential figure in the show. Despite living in a patriarchal society, she holds immense power and influence over the court. She’s depicted as a woman who is not afraid to assert her authority and make her voice heard, even in the face of opposition from the men around her. This is a refreshing change from the typical portrayal of women in period dramas, who are often relegated to the sidelines and given little agency.

Secondly, Queen Charlotte is a complex and multifaceted character. She’s not simply a one-dimensional villain or hero; rather, she’s a nuanced character with her own strengths and weaknesses. We see her struggle with issues of identity and belonging, as a woman of mixed race in a society that prizes whiteness above all else. We also see her grapple with the pressures of motherhood and her desire to protect her family.

Thirdly, Queen Charlotte is a feminist icon in the truest sense of the word. She’s a woman who is unapologetically herself, defying societal norms and expectations in order to live life on her own terms. She’s a trailblazer, paving the way for other women to follow in her footsteps and make their own mark on the world. And she’s a role model, inspiring young girls everywhere to be confident, strong, and fearless.

Finally, Queen Charlotte is a symbol of hope and progress. Her presence in the show challenges the notion that period dramas must be white, straight, and male-dominated. By centering a character who is a woman of color, Bridgerton is helping to break down barriers and make the genre more inclusive and diverse. This is a significant step forward in terms of representation and inclusivity in mainstream media.

In conclusion, Queen Charlotte is the most feminist character yet in the Bridgerton series & if you haven’t watched her spin off yet, we have no spoilers here but you HAVE to watch it, available on Netflix now.

She’s a powerful, complex, and nuanced character who defies societal norms and expectations. She’s a trailblazer, a role model, and a symbol of hope and progress. And most importantly, she’s a reminder that women can be just as strong, capable, and influential as men, even in a world that seeks to limit their potential.

Photo credit via Netflix.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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