Author Kate Chopin (1850-1904) wrote her controversial novel, The Awakening, in 1899, but it wasn't until well after her death that it became an international sensation. In her lifetime, Chopin published two novels, but was mostly known for the hundred or so short stories she wrote, many of them chronicling the trials and tribulations of Victorian women.
In "Story of an Hour," which is today's countdown goodie, Chopin writes, of her tragic-yet-newly-empowered heroine,
There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.