Kate Chopin was a female novelist, who was also seen as one of the first feminists. Kate grew up seeing the strength of women all around her. Her father died when she was just 5 years old. Leaving her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to take care of the rest of the family and teach them everything. She grew very close with them all. Just seeing her mother survive and take care of her family as well showed Kate a power that women had. Kate lived her life and at 19 met her husband, Oscar Chopin. She moved to New Orleans, where she and Oscar had six children. Kate’s husband was alright with his job. His business later failed and when he died, he left Kate with $12,000 in debt. Kate ended up moving back with her mother along with her six children. Not soon after she moved back in, her mother died. Kate got depressed and was eventually pushed to writing about her feelings from a physician. Not only did writing help support her family, but it also changed the world. As a female writer she showed that she was able to support her family just fine without her husband. And the things she wrote about were just as influencing. With over 100 short stories, 2 novels and countless sketches in her writing career she was a big influence to feminism.