The fourth of seven children, Mary Ritter was born into a Quaker family and grew up in Indiana. She studied at DePauw University and became a teacher.
Ritter was a member of the Women's Trade Union League and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) before becoming one of the founders of the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage.
As a historian, Ritter argued that history ought to include social, cultural and economic factors and argued that women also played a major role in the advancement of civilisation.
I'm an amateur historian interested in Women's History, Social History, Social Reformers, the Temperance Movement, and the (so far) unwritten histories of "ordinary" people.