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The Literature of Prescription Exhibit Opening Reception
May 30, 2017
Details: In the late 19th 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. This traveling exhibit, brought to you by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health examines mental illness, gender, and literature during the lifetime of author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Please join us for a short film based on the short story, the opening of the exhibit, and light refreshments. For more information on the exhibit, please visit this website: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/
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