Clarke Griffin: The Feminist

Gare Reid

The 100, created by Jason Rothenberg, is a science fiction trilogy tv show, which first aired on March 19th, 2014, and is currently in the midsts of season 3 in the Spring of 2016 on The CW Network. The first season is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear war that has destroyed life on Earth as we know it, however there were survivors and have created an operational space station to escape the devastating state of Earth The leaders of the Arc decided to send 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes that the Earth is safe, and the Arc can be relocated back to Earth.

The creator of The 100 Series did an amazing job in presenting the series with a feminist lens. Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. The 100 does a great job reinforcing this concept of female equality, and presents women as powerful, and high ranking leaders of power throughout the television series. One could spend numerous weeks dissecting the layers of feminism in this television series.


We quickly learn that Clarke Griffin, played by Eliza Taylor, is the young heroine in the tv series The 100, which was adapted from The 100 Trilogy written by Kass Morgan. Clarke Griffin is the daughter of Dr. Abigail “Abby” and Jake Griffin. She has the characteristics of being a great leader. She is among the 100 juvenile delinquents that are set to the ground to see if Earth is habitable again.

The 100 series quickly sets the tone of Clarke portraying the ideal traits of being a heroine. We learn within the first two minutes of the pilot episode, that Clarke has the characteristics of being strong. Her first act of showing her strength comes when she fights back against the guards who come to place what we later find out tracks their vital signs and reports them back to the Arc. She shows that she is willing to go against anyone and that she is on the same level as any man. Her mother, Abby, reinforces her strength by saying, “your instincts will tell you to take care of everybody else first, just like your father.” Abby.

During the ride to Earth, Clarke immediately took control going outside of herself to ensure the safety and wellbeing of her peers. “Stay put if you want to live.” Stay in your seats” Clarke.

Throughout the entire series Clarke is known to portray the same characteristics of being a great leader, the same as any man would. She is strong enough to make the tough choices including gathering food and supplies in the beginning of the series, developing a plan to fight of The Grounders, and making the tough choice to sacrifice the Mountain Men to save her people. She doesn’t even hesitate when making the tough choices of killing someone in order to protect her own. She convinces herself that her actions are just, because it is the only way to ensure her survival.

The 100 has a positive portrayal of young heroines, because it teaches fans of The 100 that you don’t need to be blessed with magical powers or be different like other popular young heroine themed shows or movies. Clarke is a great leader, because she chooses to lead.