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The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper: Home


The Metropolitan State University Library is proud to host The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper, a traveling exhibit developed and produced by the Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

In the late nineteenth century, women challenged traditions that excluded them from political and intellectual life as medical experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying story titled The Yellow Wall-Paper. Her famous tale continues to serve as an indictment of the medical profession and social conventions that restrict women's professional and creative opportunities.

Young Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Dates: November 14 - December 31, 2011
Location: Metropolitan State University Library
2nd Floor (Skyway Level)
Address: 645 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

The exhibit is open to the public. All are welcome!

For more information, please contact Martha Hardy, 651-793-1635 or

Image courtesy The Schlesinger Library,

Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

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