Archived Summer Exhibition: The Literature of Prescription, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wall-Paper

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In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific 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 short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” is a six-banner traveling exhibition. At a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story. The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

Visit the digital online exhibition here. This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Curated by Manon Parry, Special thanks to The Schlesinger Library, Harvard University

Exhibition Details:

On View: July – August 5th, 2016 | Time: 9 AM – 6 PM

Location: Inman E. Page Library, 712 Lee Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

Admission: Free to university students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

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