Katherine Chopin was an important figure in the 19th century in feminist literature. Chopin was born on February 8th, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was raised. Her father died when she was four years old, she grew up with her single mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, all of whom heavily influenced her childhood and the woman she grew up to be. She was the descendant of French Creole Pioneers. At the age of seventeen she graduated. In 1870 she married a wealthy person with great influence, Oscar Chopin, and they moved to New Orleans. In her time there, Chopin had to cope with the demanding social schedule of a wealthy New Orleans wife. Her recollection of her time as a wealthy housewife in New Orleans would influence some of her future works of literature. By 1880, financial difficulties caused Chopin’s family to move to Cloutierville in Natchitoches Parish, located in Louisiana’s Red River bayou region. When her husband died in 1883, she took over the manager position on the plantation that he ran. However, this did not last long because by the mid 1880s, she left Louisiana to live with her mother in St. Louis. Chopin often wrote letters to her friend and family, who found her letters entertaining. They encouraged Chopin to write professionally, so she began to write short stories. Chopin’s early works showed influence from the authors she followed, particularly the French ones; Guy de Maupassant, Alphonse Daudet, and Molière. At the beginning of her writing career, when she was writing short stories, she began to explore the works of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, and Herbert Spencer. These three authors’ works were responsible for a then current trend of scientific thinking, Chopin “began questioning the benefits of certain mores and ethical constraints imposed by society on human nature”. Chopin is most popular for her novel The Awakening a daring novel that ended up being too much for the “morally uncompromising climate of 1890s America” and severely damaged her writing reputation. The Awakening offers an exploration of sexuality, repression, freedom, and responsibility. These themes are explored in many of Chopin’s works. For example, these themes are explored in her short stories The Story of an Hour and A Respectable Woman. The Story of an Hour is a story of a women who learns that her husband has died and explores the themes of repression and freedom. A Respectable Woman is a story of a more independent woman who struggles with living up to the image of what a respectable woman is in the late 1800s, it explores the themes of responsibility, sexuality, and freedom. Many of her writings were not properly appreciated until after her death. Chopin’s writings allow the reader to explore the perspective of women in the 1800s, particularly what they go through regularly. They explore in particularly white middle class married women in the late 1800s, a representation of Chopin’s life. Women’s authors grained much widespread exposure throughout the 19th century. These authors spreading their work around the world combated the stereotypes of the intellectual abilities of women. “The number of published women authors was greater in the nineteenth century than in any preceding century”- this was a key factor in the fight for women gaining equal rights. At the beginning of the 19th century, women were mostly confined to writing children’s literature and poetry Even though Kate Chopin portrays the Mrs. Baroda and Mrs. Mallard as female characters who defy gender roles of the 1890s in “A Respectable Woman” and “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs Baroda experiences more independence because of her self-expression and assertiveness.