18 Low-Key Feminist Icons From Your Favorite CW Shows
Mary Stuart (Reign)
Mary, Queen of Scots has a complicated and controversial life that involved three murders, an abduction, familial betrayal, murder, and some weird religious idiosyncrasies that led to her death and are difficult to explain. It was a lot to tackle for a CW show, even if Reign did choose to focus on a fictionalization of Mary Stuart’s relationship with King Francis II. After being thrown into life at the duplicitous French Court, Mary learns political strategy, overcomes the death of a loved one, and redeems herself for the mistakes she made while trying to avenge the wrongs committed against her. The series wrote great women, and it never stole Mary’s autonomy or her motivation as she navigates a man’s world as a powerful woman.