Mary Augusta Ward — British Novelist born on June 11, 1851, died on March 24, 1920

Mary Augusta Ward née Arnold;, was a British novelist who wrote under her married name as Mrs Humphry Ward... (wikipedia)

How little those who are schoolgirls of today can realize what it was to be a schoolgirl in the fifties or the early sixties of the last century!
But the mind travels far - and mysteriously - in sleep.
As far as intellectual training was concerned, my nine years from seven to sixteen were practically wasted.
But a girl of seventeen is not always thinking of books, especially in the Oxford summer term.
We believed that growth through Local Government, and perhaps through some special machinery for bringing the wishes and influence of women of all classes to bear on Parliament, other than the Parliamentary vote, was the real line of progress.