Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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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. ... more »

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  • The fact that women in the home have shut themselves away from the thought and life of the world has done much to retard progress. We fill the world with the children of 20th century A.D. fathers and ...
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), U.S. feminist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 5, by Ida Husted...
  • ''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.''
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), U.S. author and feminist. Women and Economics, ch. 15 (1898).
  • ''There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.''
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), U.S. feminist, writer. Women and Economics, ch. 8 (1898).
  • ''The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.''
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), U.S. feminist, writer. Women and Economics, ch. 1 (1898).
  • ''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.''
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), U.S. feminist, writer. Women and Economics, ch. 1 (1898).
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The Anti-Suffragists

Fashionable women in luxurious homes,
With men to feed them, clothe them, pay their bills,
Bow, doff the hat, and fetch the handkerchief;
Hostess or guest; and always so supplied
With graceful deference and courtesy;
Surrounded by their horses, servants, dogs—
These tell us they have all the rights they want.

Successful women who have won their way
Alone, with strength of their unaided arm,
Or helped by friends, or softly climbing up
By the sweet aid of "woman's influence";
Successful any way, and caring naught
For any other woman's ...

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