Throughout history, men have been seen as superior to women. Gender roles were heavily forced onto society; women do the cooking and men do the working. Over time, woman have began to realize that everybody deserves equal treatment, a concept known as feminism. Feminism is the widely accepted belief that women should be equal to men. However, many women do not know how and when to speak up. They look toward role models and people in the media to represent them. Jane Eyre gives society an inspirational woman to look up to. The feminism in Jane Eyre is portrayed through her independence, strength, and her ability to be unapologetically herself. Jane Eyre’s main feminist characteristic in life is her independence. She goes through her life by herself making her own path. In the novel, Jane states, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” She refuses to let anyone hold her down from accomplishing what she has her mind set on. In her early life, Jane has been treated as a puppet. From being sent to Lowood, to physical and emotional abuse, Jane rarely had a choice in her life and what she did. After developing her character and figuring out who she is, she became increasingly independent in response to being controlled her whole life. Her independence shows feminism in the novel, because Jane was able to stray away from what everyone wanted her to be, and she pursued her own life. Strength is used in multiple ways in Jane Eyre to defend the main character from gender stereotypes. Women tend to be seen as weak and often get disrespected due to gender roles, especially in the 1800s. Jane defies this stereotype and shows the readers women can be equally strong to men, both mentally and physically. Jane states, “I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.” Jane did not agree with Mr. Rochester assuming that because he was more intelligent than her, it was acceptable for him to have dominance. Being a woman, she had to prove herself in order to be treated equally. Jane’s strength to stand up for herself against Mr. Rochester supports the idea of feminism in the novel. Women often feel the need to be someone that they’re not. Society puts the pressure on them to act and look a certain way. Defying these standards, Jane always acts unapologetically herself by refusing to conform to how others want her to be. In the novel, she states, “‘I am not an angel,” I asserted; ‘and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.'” Although it is expected for her to act elegant and feminine, Jane acts the way that is best for her. She remains herself and doesn’t let the norms engulf her. Feminism is represented in the novel through Jane’s ability to always act unapologetically herself, despite the constant pressure to comply with society’s view of women. Jane Eyre’s independence, strength, and ability to act unapologetically herself gives the novel a feminist touch, by offering an example of a woman who defies stereotypes. The idea that men and women deserve equal treatment shows its significant throughout the novel, and portrays itself through Jane. The feminism in Jane Eyre gives people worldwide a worthy woman to look up to, and strive to be like.