“While Outlander is a brilliant period show, Claire represents so many qualities of a 20th-century modern-day woman, someone who is forging her own path, fighting for what she believes, and doing so with integrity,” Balfe said in a statement to press Monday. Elaborating exclusively to Vanity Fair, she added, “Right now it’s a very important time to stand up and voice our beliefs and reiterate that we are 50 percent of the population … that we have a voice and we need to use it. Even though Claire is a woman from the 40s, I think that she does have a resonance today. We need to stand up for our b e l i e f s and our r i g h t s , and I think she embodies that kind of spirit.”
“…getting to play Claire was an absolute dream. She is strong-willed and, not perfect, but a survivor and a fighter, and I think that is such a great place to go to in your work every day—to play someone who has such resilience. It can only make you feel better about everything in your life. I feel very grateful to be able to go to work every day and play her.”
~ Caitriona Balfe on Why Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe Hopes Women Take a Cue from Claire Fraser, Vanity Fair
TRANS SAPPHO WOULD MAKE SO MUCH SENSE OH MY GOD NO ONE KNOWS HOW SHE LEARNED TO READ BUT IF SHE'D BEEN TREATED AS MALE GROWING UP SHE WOULD'VE BEEN TAUGHT AND THEN COULD'VE TAUGHT OTHER GIRLS HOLY SHIT
What an election. Not only a win for OBAMA, but the legalization of gay marriage in up to 3 states, & huge, historic wins for women in the Senate & the House. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American today.
Shrewsbury College had been fortunate in its wardens. In the early days, it had been dignified by a woman of position; in the difficult period when it fought for Women’s degrees it had been guided by a diplomat; and now that it was received into the University, its behaviour was made acceptable by a personality. Dr. Margaret Baring wore her scarlet and French grey with an air. She was a magnificent figure-head on all public occasions, and she could soothe with tact the wounded breasts of crusty and affronted male dons.
I find it very interesting that, despite the fact her parents died when she was 6 months old (sometime around 1986 or so, going by the “30 years ago” in the cold open), nearly three decades removed from the Men of Letters being wiped out by Abaddon back in 1958, she still knew about the secret society. Even her mother must’ve been a young child when they were wiped out, so obviously she already knew something of her father’s work with them.
*as an aside, I love how there are just so many legacies of WOMEN in this episode surrounding Eileen– it was her mother’s lineage that led back to the MoL connection, her mother’s knowledge of magic that saved her life, a female hunter who subsequently trained her.
So the hunter who “adopted” Eileen must’ve either known about the history of the MoL from her own personal experience with them (meaning she was already relatively old for a hunter, at least in her 50′s at the time she found Eileen), or that Eileen’s mother had kept documents or something else relevant to the MoL that she found in Elieen’s home before taking her away. Either way, I find it interesting that she also found out about her familial connection, her legacy, through a maternal line and a collection of women, while Sam and Dean found theirs through the paternal line, and a collection of men.