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in 1893 equated her with a Russian Nihilist, calling her the priestess of revolt
on the grounds of her support for
, who had been imprisoned in Russia for her political activities. Caird's writings about marriage were probably an important factor in this image.
observes that her inclusion (along with
) as one of only two women members of the short-lived
—struck to defend
after his arrest on 31 May 1898—was an indication of her standing in radical circles.
She served as president of the
, and in 1913 gave the presidential address to the
Like other feminists of her day, she associated oppression of women with cruelty to animals and with the cruelty of what, with regard to the Boer War, she called warfare and stupid retaliation.
After the First World War she lobbied vainly, like many others, against the crushing of the erstwhile enemy and in favour of the building of international co-operation.
stepped into the public eye in the 1880s as a radical member of the women's movement, a supporter of all kinds of linked causes. An article in the