Kate Chopin was one of the most individual and adventurous of nineteenth-century American writers.
Her most famous story,The Awakening, was first published in 1899, is a novel still taught in universities today.
Kate Chopin was herself a mother on the forefront of the women’s rights movement. In addition to her novels, she also wrote feminist essays and kept a journal about parenting, which provided enormous insight into what motherhood was like in the late 19th century. She wrote about the sacrifices she made to care for her five sons as well as her ailing mother. She was one of the first women to say publicly that motherhood and maternal ideals should include providing children with a role model of women’s true capabilities.