Gilman argued that housework should be equally divided between a man and a woman. At an early age women should be encouraged towards independence. In many of his major works, including “The Man-Made World” (1911), Charlotte also advocated women working outside the home.
Gilman argued that women’s contributions to civilization throughout history has been stopped because of a Patriarchal culture. It is believed that the female race was the weak half of humanity and the improvement was necessary to prevent the deterioration of the human race as a whole. Gilman believed economic independence is the only thing that can truly bring freedom to women and make them equal with men.