Charlotte Perkins Gilman Research Paper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist, often considered a radical feminist, during a time when women raised children and maintained the home, while men supported the family. She wrote and published thousands of works during her lifetime, which included, essays, novels, poems, nonfiction books, short stories, and many journal articles. Like most revolutionaries, Gilman was well ahead of her time. What she believed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is what ultimately became of our society. She believed that “Women’s economic dependency on men stunts not only the growth of women but that of the whole human species” (Baym, Franklin, and Levine 791). With having the privilege of hindsight, our society knows this to be true. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s was not only a founding writer for the feminist movement, but she also helped shape the entire American culture; not just for women, but for all Americans.…show more content…
Gilman wrote about the events that eventually led her to separate from her husband in “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Gilman stated, “after six weeks the doctor sent me home with the solemn advice to ‘live as domestic a life as … possible,’ to ‘have but to hours’ intellectual life a day, and ‘never to touch pen, brush, or pencil again’ as long as I lived.” (Baym, Franklin, and Levine 791). Gilman followed these orders for three months, causing her to go to the brink of insanity. She broke this cycle by resuming her prior life (Baym, Franklin, and Levine 804). Today we know that she was suffering from post-partum depression, but during the time she was going through this, women were just seen as frail and needed to be taken care of. Using her personal harrowing experience, she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” with the intent to keep others from going crazy and to speak on the issues that plagued

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