Mary Ritter Beard (August 5, 1876, Indianapolis, Indiana – August 14, 1958) was an American historian and archivist, who played an important role in the women's suffrage movement and was a lifelong advocate of social justice through educational and activist roles in both the labor and woman's rights movements. She wrote several books on women's role in history including On Understanding Women (1931), (Ed.) America Through Women's Eyes (1933) and Woman As Force In History: A Study in Traditions and Realities (1946). In addition, she collaborated with her husband, eminent historian Charles Austin Beard on several distinguished works, most notably The Rise of American Civilization (1927).

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Viewed narrowly, all life is universal hunger and an expression of energy associated with it.
Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958), U.S. historian. Understanding Women, ch. 1 (1931).
While it is generally agreed that the visible expressions and agencies are necessary instruments, civilization seems to depend far more fundamentally upon the moral and intellectual qualities of human beings—upon the spirit that animates mankind.
Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958), U.S. historian. Woman as Force in History, ch. 12 (1946).
Woman's success in lifting men out of their way of life nearly resembling that of the beasts—who merely hunted and fished for food, who found shelter where they could in jungles, in trees, and caves—was a civilizing triumph.
Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958), U.S. historian. Woman as Force in History, ch. 12 (1946).

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