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Good 1 Charlotte Perkins Gilman experienced astonishing success during her life When she died in 1935 she left behind a legacy of ingenious writing Charlotte Perkins Gilman was one of the leading intellectuals of the American womens movement in the first two decades of the 20th century Gilman The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman Her literary works explore the minds of remarkable and courageous women Charlotte Perkins Gilman left an impression on society not only through her brilliant writings and social reforms but also in her own perseverance in overcoming personal hardships Charlotte was born into the prominent Beecher family Gilman 3 In fact the illustrious Harriet Beecher Stowe was a great-aunt 3 Charlotte grew up with pride in her family She recalls When about fifteen years old I was told of our extremely remote connection with English royalty and I wrote eagerly to my learned father to inquire as to the facts- was I related to Queen Victoria 1 However her father solemnly replied It is quite true that you are related to Queen Victoria but there are a great many persons between you and the throne and I should not advise you to look forward to it 1 Despite her legendary family ties Charlottes childhood was filled with pain uncertainty and rejection Her father abandoned his family shortly after her birth Lane 3 While a young woman she suffered through a bad marriage that caused her to endure a nervous breakdown 3 It was during this time that Charlotte encountered her first bout with depression there were many battles to follow 3 Thus within the formative years of her young life Charlotte suffered immeasurable pain and agony at the hands of males This may possible be a motive behind her works based around strong female characters Throughout her early life it was apparent that Charlotte was an extremely strong-willed girl At the age of sixteen or seventeen she
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