Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935), was an American author of fiction and nonfiction, praised for her feminist works that pushed for equal treatment of women and for breaking out of stereotypical roles as homemakers.

Her first marriage was to a man who kept her at home and would not allow her to do any activities to further herself, which only led to her already present depression getting increasingly worse. This experience was the basis for her semi-autobiographical novella (or long short story) The Yellow Wallpaper, arguably her best known work.

After separating from her husband, she created a life of worth for herself by working with social groups, publishing short stories in magazines, as well as pithy tracts including Women and Economics.

Gilman will always be remembered for her visionary feminist writings, lectures, and passion for social justice and women’s rights. In 1994 she was welcomed into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and named one of the most influential women of the twentieth century.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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2 Responses to “Charlotte Perkins Gilman”

  1. The Yellow Wallpaper was a harrowing story, very haunting. Leaving your husband in her day was very risky — good for her for having the courage to go. I assume she had no children by her first husband? That would make leaving a lot easier (though not easy!)

    • I love CPG and wish she was better known today. She was brilliant and so far ahead of her time. I’m reading Herland, and loving it. She did have a daughter with the first husband and gave up custody to him and his new wife. As you can imagine, she was slammed for doing that. But if I’m correct, she and her daughter had a good relationship later on. Thanks for the comment, Susan!

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