New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1904. First edition, a groundbreaking text about the equal importance of work in the lives of both men and women, combatting sexist notions about employment, and the book that the author considered to be her greatest. Small bookseller’s ticket on lower rear pastedown. A near fine copy. Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt on front board and spine. Binding extremities slightly rubbed, light wear to spine extremities. Octavo. , [1, blank], 389 pp. Item #16088
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was one of the most important feminist voices and one of the most widely-read women of her day. Her non-literary works are characterized by a wit and clarity that is more frequently associated with poets and fiction writers. (Lester F. Ward said she had a “cosmological perspective” on society). In Human Work, Gilman focuses on society’s blatant sexism and accuses men of falsely designating certain occupations as “men’s work,” justifying the exclusion of women based on their supposed biological and physical limitations. This serves to inhibit women’s economic independence and prevents them from becoming successful in the workplace.