A committed proponent of female economic independence, MT
was the author of some twenty articles on this and other feminist topics for Emily Faithfull
's Victoria Magazine
during the 1860s and 1870s. Many of these polemic essays were reprinted in volume form in The First Duty of Women
in 1870. The issue of women's work was also central to Taylor's only novel—a text she took more than forty years to write: Miss Miles
(1890). In addition, MT
collaborated with four other women to write a Swiss travel memoir in 1875.