Cinderella was written and published under the name "The Little Glass Slipper" in 1697 by Frenchman Charles Perrault. In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story in their famous book of fairy tales.
The story tells of a young girl whose widowed father marries an unpleasant woman with two beautiful but self-absorbed daughters. The young girl comes to be known as Cinderella because she works long hours at dirty jobs while her stepsisters do nothing. With the help of a fairy godmother, Cinderella attends a ball, meets a prince and loses a glass slipper. The prince later uses the slipper to find Cinderella and marry her.