In 1883, Gilman published her first works, sending articles and poems to the “Providence Journal,” the “Woman’s Journal,” “The Century,” and the “Christian Register.” In 1884, Gilman consented to marry Charles Walter Stetson, a handsome aspiring artist who had courted her intensely the previous year.
Three months after their marriage, Gilman learned that she was pregnant and began to suffer from some symptoms of depression.
Gilman also began to write her autobiography, “The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman” in 1925.
In 1932, Gilman was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer.
In 1888 Gilman separated from Stetson and moved to California.
The couple divorced in 1894, and Gilman ultimately sent her daughter to be raised by Stetson and his new wife.She only received limited formal education in public schools and mostly educated herself with her extensive reading.In 1878, Gilman enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design, supporting herself as a tutor and an artist of trade cards.Gilman’s legacy is still being uncovered today, as much of her previously neglected work is currently being republished.Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American feminist writer who published a large amount of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.Gilman finally began to receive recognition for her work with the women’s movement and development of feminist scholarship in the 1960s and 1970s.In the past two decades, Gilman has become particularly well-known for “Herland” and “The Yellow Wallpaper,” both of which have achieved prominent positions in the canon of contemporary literature.After two of Gilman's siblings died, her mother was told not to have any other children, and Gilman’s father abandoned them shortly afterward.Without the support of their father, Gilman and her family were left in a state of extreme poverty and were forced to move from relative to relative in Rhode Island in order to survive.After her father’s departure, Gilman’s mother grew increasingly cold and detached, striving to protect her children from suffering by denying them affection.Without the desire for affection from others, she believed, Gilman and her siblings would be self-reliant and emotionally independent.