- Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1910
- Word count: 55,646 words (≈ about 4 hours)
Note: First published serially in Gilman's magazine the Forerunner in 1909-10, the novel tells the story of Diantha Bell, a young woman who leaves her home and her fiancé to start a housecleaning business. A resourceful heroine, Diantha quickly expands her business into an enterprise that includes a maid service, cooked food delivery service, restaurant, and hotel. By assigning a cash value to women's "invisible" work, providing a means for the well-being and moral uplift.