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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Radical Feminism Still Challenges Us Today


Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Radical Feminism Still Challenges Us Today

Peter Dreier

No celebration of Women’s History Month would be complete without acknowledging the extraordinary achievements of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Gilman was the most important feminist thinker in the United States. She laid the groundwork for later feminists like Simon de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer, Kate Millett, Shulamith Firestone, Susan Brownmiller, Rita Mae Brown, bell hooks, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Kimberly Crenshaw. Gilman combined economic and sociological writings with fiction and utopian thinking, giving her a broad appeal.


Nice article, had no idea there was a Bellamy follow-up to looking backward, just downloaded it (free), and that poem 'suffragette / socialist' change the words to 'black lives / socialist' or any other group - works great, imo: 'your work is all the same'


Thank you, Mr. Dreier for being a Feminist Male who cares about gender equality and is willing to speak on behalf of women who've worked (and continue to work) to create a just, fair, humane, and gender-balanced society.


Though I forget to list any of her books in the Bibleography, I did include my favorite quote of hers in my last book...

""Until we see what we are, we cannot take steps to become what we should be."