... as women become free, economic, social factors, so becomes possible the full social combination of individuals in collective industry. With such freedom, such independence, such wider union, becomes possible also a union between man and woman such as the world has long dreamed of in vain.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935), U.S. author, editor, feminist, and social reformer. Women and Economics, ch. 7 (1898).
Married for the first time in 1884 to a man whom she considered a good husband, Gilman nonetheless became desperately unhappy very soon. The birth of her beloved daughter in 1885 only deepened her depression and sense of confinement. Ultimately, she and her husband were divorced, he was remarried to her best friend, and Gilman allowed them to raise her daughter, for which she was harshly criticized. At age forty, Gilman herself was happily remarried to a man seven years her junior; they had no children.