Getting inside Brankaresh's head to justify his sexist attitude that women can't rule alone was not in a way a pleasant task as I examined excuses used by others in the past for justifying that attitude. But I think I've portrayed him more accurately as a result of doing that. Everything your character believes has to make sense to that character (can others see where you are coming from with regard to that character? They should). I also like to ensure my characters have their virtues and their vices. In Brankaresh's case, it would have been far too easy to portray him as having no good side at all but I think it would make him less believable.
Having said all that, I'm pleased The Trouble With Mother has four strong female leads in Eileen, Jenny, the Queen and the Witch. I like the way they spark off each other too. I ask myself is this character believeable? Their actions reasonable? Any question like that to test whether the character is strong enough.