Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a leading figure in the feminist movement in the U.S. Perkins  is best known for her short story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, an analysis of suffocating domesticity and postpartum depression, as well as an indictment of the ‘rest cure’ that was often enforced on women experiencing mental health problems. She also became a notable lecturer on social issues such as labour rights and women’s emancipation. Perkins published Women and Economics, which was translated into seven languages, and which presented  radical arguments for the economic independence of women and a criticism of the romanticisation of domesticity.
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