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The Living Of Charlotte Perkins Gilman; An Autobiography

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1869-1935) was one of the leading intellectuals of the American women's movement in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Moving beyond the struggle for suffrage, Gilman confronted an even larger problem—economic and social discrimination against women. Her book, Women and Economics, published in 1898, was repeatedly printed and transla ...more
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Published by Arno Press (first published February 6th 2013)
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Ellen


If you are a woman, you want children.
If you are a woman, your love for your children is immediate and absolute.
If you are a woman, your maternal instinct pops into gear upon the birth of your first child, providing you with a complete set of mothering skills.
If you are a woman, you would never leave your child(ren).

Many women, married and without children, have commented on the invasive questions they receive. The assumption is that they’re unable to have children. Upon learning that the choi
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Jenny
I decided to use this instead of To Herland and Beyond, and I found this one more useful, especially since it was an autobiography. But since I've only skimmed parts of it for my history assignment, I want to go back and thoroughly read this, so I might update this review.
Aric Cushing
Obviously, of all people, I am going to say that this is the perfect autobiography. Honest in its telling, and perfect in its execution.
Sylvia Dickey Smith
Wow, wow, wow. Love this book! I have been a big fan of Gilman's since the 80s and have loved her fiction. This autobiography really takes us right into her world! Highly recommend it! More after I finish reading!
Courtney
An incredibly dry read that I had to get through for an equally dry Biographies & Memoirs Literature course. Love Gilman's short stories but this was pretty difficult to get through.
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and non fiction, 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 i ...more
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“One new indulgence was to go out evenings alone. This I worked out carefully in my mind, as not only a right but a duty. Why should a woman be deprived of her only free time, the time allotted to recreation? Why must she be dependent on some man, and thus forced to please him if she wished to go anywhere at night?

A stalwart man once sharply contested my claim to this freedom to go alone. “Any true man,” he said with fervor, “is always ready to go with a woman at night. He is her natural protector.” “Against what?” I inquired. As a matter of fact, the thing a woman is most afraid to meet on a dark street is her natural protector. Singular”
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