Charlotte Anna <I>Perkins</I> Gilman

Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman

Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 17 Aug 1935 (aged 75)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Pasadena, California
Memorial ID 10452488 · View Source
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Social Reformer. She was born to Frederick Beecher Perkins, a magazine editor. Her Great-Aunts were Catherine Beecher, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe. In 1884, she married Charles W. Stetson, a local artist. After the birth of her only child, She suffered from a near nervous breakdown. This experience led her to move to California, get a divorce, and leave her daughter in the care of her ex-husband. In California, she turned to writing as a way of earning money. She wrote poetry, and short stories including the classic "The Yellow Wallpaper." Her best known work is "Women and Economics" in 1898. In 1900, she married George Houghton Gilman, her first cousin, and continued to write. During this period she wrote essays like "Human Work" in 1904, and "The Man-Made World" in 1911, in which she asserted that women should work outside of the home, fully using their abilities for the benefit of society and for their own satisfaction. From 1909 to 1916, she founded, edited, and wrote for the journal "Forerunner." she also co-founded the Women's Peace Party in 1915 with activist Jane Addams. After learning that she suffered from inoperable cancer, she took her own life.

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