Although some of Shakespeare's female characters are independent and assertive, these often appear the exception rather than the rule. In Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, the figure of Ophelia is a typical presentation of an irrational and ridiculous woman who disobeys male advice, with critic Elaine Showalter even calling her a "Tinker Bell" figure.
The comedic heroines never reach the status of the male tragic heroes or historical kings as the comedic plots are less focused on her as an individual and more focused on society.
There are characters in the comedies who perpetuate the idea of women as submissive, such as Hero in 'Much Ado About Nothing' and Celia in 'As You Like It'. Shakespeare presents these characters as conventionally feminine and delicate, under the control of their families or a more domineering female character.
Suggesting Shakespeare's work actively promotes female emancipation is inaccurate and ignores historical context. This argument is only a response to modern interpretations of his work. His plays do not necessarily suggest female emancipation in their original context.