charlotte bronte feminist critique jane eyre by charlotte bronte

It was suggested by colleagues of the Brontë Society, when they paid me the signal honour of inviting me to give this address, that I should speak of Charlotte the woman and estimate her influence on raising the status of women. In a word, part of my duty is to appraise Charlotte Brontë the feminist, by which I mean the very feminine advocate, not of votes for women (a question that did not arise in her day) but the extended recognition of the claims of women to a fuller life. That seems to me an eminently proper way to mark the centenary of her death, so you need have no misgivings that I shall startle you with a wildly novel or bellicose theory of hitherto unexplored regions of Charlotte’s life and mind.

Charlotte Brontë: A Modern Woman - Victorian Web


Without a doubt, Charlotte Brontë was progressive in her beliefs

Essay: Feminism in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre