Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, and novelist. When she ended high school after seven different schools in four years she went to a school of design, and worked as an artistic tutor.
During her youth she often spent her time in the public library, as she was not allowed to read fiction at home. When she was 25 she gave birth to her only daughter, after which she developed a severe postpartum psychosis. The treatment for this at the time consisted of “living as domestic a life as possible”. She wrote her most famous work, the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, about this period.