Mary Ward: Women and Political Action
In her mid-sixties and in poor physical health, Mary Ward’s demanding and prominent role in political activities and debates in Edwardian society, as discussed in Chapters 10 and 12, make it increasingly difficult to account for the contradictions in her views of women’s roles within the state and her evaluation of her own activities as non-politically motivated. Her fame and connections were such that the ex-President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt considered her ‘the woman who has influenced all those who speak and read English more profoundly than any other alive’.
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