The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Read when someone implies that you can't do something:
This iconic short story chronicles a woman's decline into insanity because she is being trapped in a small nursery to recover from "slight hysteria." The Yellow Wallpaper is a powerful story, not least because Gilman uses it to criticize the patriarchy and the notion that women should be kept in the home. She also had some serious problems with women being depicted as "fragile."