Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Born: July 3, 1860
  • Died: August 17, 1935
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer









Charlotte Perkins Gilman ; also Charlotte Perkins Stetson (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935), was a prominent American humanist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist and served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. She has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story "The Yellow Wallpaper", which she wrote after a severe bout of postpartum psychosis.

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A concept is stronger than a fact. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
In no other animal species is the sex-relation for sale. We approve the economic dependence of women upon the sex-relation in marriage and condemn it unsparingly out of marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
National crimes demand international law, to restrain, prohibit, punish, best of all, prevent. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could. Miscellaneous
To bear and rear the majestic race to which they can never fully belong! To live vicariously forever, through their sons, the daughters being just another vicarious link! What a supreme and magnificent martyrdom! Equality & Equal Opportunity
Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.
But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter. Power ;History
Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil. Life ;Death
Eternity is not something that begins after you're dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now. Time
Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.
In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.
New York - that unnatural city where every one is an exile, none more so than the American.
Only as we live, think, feel, and work outside the home, do we become humanly developed, civilized, socialized. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
The first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional relationship to society - more briefly, to find your real job, and do it. Society
The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses. Society ;Women
The one predominant duty is to find one's work and do it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.
To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something. Happiness & Unhappiness
To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.
When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution.