SOCI 1110-04/ Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Who is Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Quick Overview
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is mostly known for her work as an author and poet in the late 1800's. Writing poems, as well as short stories such as The Yellow Wall-Paper, she was an exceptional woman who pushed the boundaries and expectations of a women's role in society at that time. A leading activist in the realm of feminism, Gilman progressed into many other forms of social advocacy.
Major Points and Conclusions
Gilman lived in a time where the common role of women was subordination to men, and where their isolation from the social world was prominent. Depression, psychological stress, and mania was not unexpected in women, and was often dismissed as it was usual, in that day. As a wife to Charles Walter Stetson from 1884 to 1888 (legally divorcing in 1894), Gilman suffered from depression and did not fit well into the conventional position of a housewife. The various experiences that Gilman lived with growing up, became some of the main points in her work as an author, lecturer and social reformist. Being a compelling feminist, her focus had a large part in gender stratification; the disproportionate division of what is known as the three Ps: power, prestige and property.