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Women and Economics (Charlotte Perkins Gilman) (7)

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935) was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper", which she wrote after a severe bout of post-partum depression.


Women and Economics – A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution is a book written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and published in 1898. It is considered by many to be her single greatest work, and as with much of Gilman’s writing, the book touched a few dominant themes: the transformation of marriage, the family, and the home, with her central argument, “the economic independence and specialization of women as essential to the improvement of marriage, motherhood, domestic industry, and racial improvement.”

The 1890’s were a period of intense political debate and economic challenges, with a woman’s movement seeking the vote and other reforms. Women were “entering the work force in swelling numbers, seeking new opportunities, and shaping new definitions of themselves.” It was near the end of this tumultuous decade that Gilman’s very popular book emerged.




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Comments (4)

Andrea Acosta said

at 4:41 pm on Jan 18, 2010

Great work!!

Laura Hu said

at 4:53 pm on Jan 18, 2010

Great definitions! I like how you gave background on Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Jamil Deen said

at 8:09 pm on Jan 18, 2010

Thanks for including the information on Women and Economics – A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution. It helped me understand her writing much better.

Jennifer Arriaga said

at 8:37 pm on Jan 21, 2010

its a really good definition, i like how you included a little biography of the author

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