Jane Eyre, the story of a young girl and her passage into adulthood, was an immediate commercial success at the time of its original publication in 1847. Its representation of the underside of domestic life and the hypocrisy behind religious enthusiasm drew both praise and bitter criticism, while Charlotte Bront 's striking expose of poor living conditions for children in charity schools as well as her poignant portrayal of the limitations faced by women who worked.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's collection of short stories starts off with her most well-known story, "The Yellow Wallpaper." This story, like many others, displays the true treatment of women during the early 1900s. Such topics as the feminization of disease, gender roles, and the economic enslavement some women experienced in relationships to men.