Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte A. Perkins Stetson Gilman (July 3rd 1860 - August 17th 1935) was born in Hartford, Connecticut. From an early age, she enjoyed writing and resented inequality between men and women. Her writing gained her a reputation as a radical reformer. She married Charles Walter Stetson in 1884, but her mental health quickly declined after the birth of her daughter Katherine. Charlotte's childhood friend Grace Channing persuaded her to recuperate in Pasadena over the winter of 1885.

Charlotte separated from her husband in 1888, and moved with Katherine to Pasadena. The Channings arranged for her to live in a four room house at Orange Grove Avenue and Arroyo Drive, near their own. Shortly thereafter, her husband reconciled with her and the Walter, Charlotte and Katherine lived together in Pasadena. She began writing in Lummis' Land of Sunshine, taught local women about literature and also sold her flower paintings. In September 1891, Charlotte moved with her daughter and ill mother to Oakland; Charlotte lived out her life amidst reformers and literati.

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