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Charlotte Perkins Gilman


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Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  1. 1. Charlotte Perkins Gilman Famous female writer of the American Romantic period.
  2. 2. Charlotte Perkins Gilman <ul><li>She was born in Hartford Connecticut on July 3, 1860 and died in Pasadena California on August 17, 1935. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Gilman’s emphasis on women’s rights <ul><li>Much of her work focused on women’s rights and the oppressed environment that existed for women during her lifetime. “Perkins herself states she became increasing aware of the injustices inflicted on women.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. “The Yellow Wallpaper” <ul><li>Her famous short story about a women confined to a bedroom in her summer home. The story symbolizes her struggle to escape domestic duties and a confining home life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Achievements <ul><li>In 1933 she was named the “sixth most influential women of the twentieth century in a pole commissioned by the Siena Research Institute. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ Women and Economics” <ul><li>In 1898, she published her most well know book, Women and Economics . This book was translated into several languages and brought her worldwide acclaim. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Gilman was a prolific writer <ul><li>From 1909 to 1916 Gilman wrote a feminist paper called The Forerunner . The magazine had 1500 subscribers. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gilman wrote more than one thousand works of non-fiction, including articles, essays, book reviews, and lectures.” [1] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Gilman’s quotations: <ul><li>And women should stand beside man as the comrade of his soul, not the servant of his body. </li></ul><ul><li>In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans. </li></ul><ul><li>Until ‘mothers’ earn their living, ‘women’ will not. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver. </li></ul><ul><li>Love grows by service </li></ul><ul><li>To be surrounded by beautiful things has much influence upon the human creature: to make beautiful things has more. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. The end of Gilman’s life <ul><li>The following quotation by Gilman confers her position on euthanasia: When one is assured of unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one. </li></ul><ul><li>“ An advocate of euthanasia,” she ended her life on August 17, 1935 by taking an overdose of chloroform. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Gilman’s other work <ul><li>A complete list of Gilman’s works may be found at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>