Women in Power

Strong female roles are not lacking in this show, better representing a changing world of power where it’s women who make the interesting choices. While Frank is Machiavellian, Claire exhibits a woman urging on her husband’s affirmation of authority in the image of a Shakespeare character that was Lady Macbeth. She supports his extracurricular actives while noting her disapproval of his weaknesses, saying “My husband never apologizes, even to me.” Reinforcing his credibility to his word meaning he has no regret for his actions, leaving a lot of business to be done. This willingness to overlook transgressions done in the past to build a better future shows a sometimes troubled but overall strong partnership. Claire grows more vicious as the first season progresses and the couples schemes seem to fall into place. Starting by firing half her staff working at the local non-profit organization she runs trying to supply clean water pumps to third world nations at the moment but needs half a million dollars to fund this operation. More and more we see how it’s not always Frank that sees people as pawns in his game of chess, giving more empowerment in the portrayal of a women not just a wife or extra person employed somewhere. The tinted windows aren’t the only shady deals going down around here when the Underwood’s are on the move.When Galloway drops an intimate photo of Claire to satisfy his suspicious fiancée, Claire threatens him into openly stating that he manufactured the picture, ruining his notoriety. When Gillian Cole, a pregnant ex-employee, starts to demand health care as part of her severance package, Claire states, “I am willing to let your child wither and die inside you, if that’s what’s required, Am I the sort of enemy you want to make. Claire further her machinations be manipulating First Lady Patricia Walker into thinking that her husband is having an affair to occupy President Walker from Frank’s machinations cleverly. She shows guilt for her actions only once. When a different one of McGinnis’ victims, Megan Hennessy, comes forward, Claire manages her as the banner girl for the sexual assault bill, neglecting the fragile young woman leaving her open to public scrutiny and retaliations from the bill’s opposition. Before she can testify about her ordeal before Congress, however, Megan suffers a breakdown and attempts suicide. Upon realizing what she has caused Megan to go through, Claire bursts into tears. The fact Clarie stays close to her emotions allows her to accept humbly fault when faced with wrongs done beforehand while also keeping Frank in check when he chases after his dream of power.