Eloise Bridgerton is the Ultimate Feminist


Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie)

As of last month, I have been non-stop binge watching the hit Netflix original TV show, Bridgerton. Though I can continuously fawn over many of the main characters featured throughout the entirety of the show, one character that sticks out the most is none other than Eloise Bridgerton. She is not necessarily considered the main female protagonist, although she has the spirit and grit of one!

Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor-left) and Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie-right)

Contrary to her sister, Daphne Bridgerton, the Duchess of Hastings, Eloise refuses to marry in a formal courting setting and believes there should be so much more to a woman’s life than dowries and birthing children left and right, just to satisfy their spouse, eager for an heir to continue the lineage. She constantly finds herself jealous of her younger brothers, who have the drive, and most importantly, the freedom, to travel the world and be given the choice to whatever they wish to do with their lives. She is truly a rebellious character in all the best ways possible.

In order to avoid her mother’s wishes to follow in Daphne’s footsteps, Eloise keeps herself occupied by not only journaling her thoughts and dreams on a daily basis, but she obsesses over discovering the identity of a local gossip columnist, Lady Whistledown. She appears to be fascinated by the unknown author and is somewhat envious, yet in awe, of how this female writer has the ability to share her opinions publicly and make a statement by defying gender stereotypes during the Regency era in England.

Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie)

Overall, Eloise Bridgerton is witty, inspiring and has the true spirit of a revolutionary pioneer and world adventurer. She is eager to discover what the world has to offer, yet she despises any old-fashioned normality, specifically, one in which an entire gender is subjected to one life path with ordinary ambitions and milestones. Not only is Eloise Bridgerton a character that I can oddly relate to in every shape or form, but I believe there is a fighting spirit Eloise’s character clearly exemplifies, in every woman.