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Ida Alexa Ross Wylie

  • [On the English suffragist movement before WWI:] For two years of wild and sometimes dangerous adventure, I worked and fought alongside vigorous, happy, well-adjusted women who laughed instead of tittering, who walked instead of teetering, who could out-fast Gandhi and come out with a grin a a jest. I slept on hard floors between elderly duchesses, stout cooks, and shopgirls ... We shared a joy of life that we had never known. Most of my fellow fighters were wives and mothers. And strong things happened to their domestic life. Husbands came home at night with a new eagerness ... As for children, their attitudes changed rapidly from one of affectionate toleration for poor, darling mother to one of wide wonder. ... they discovered that they liked her. She was a great sport. She had guts ...

    • Ida Alexa Ross Wylie,
    • in Harper's ()

Ida Alexa Ross Wylie, Australian-born writer, screenwriter, poet

(1885 - 1959)