It is not surprising that Dr. Walker became active in the suffragette movement. Traveling across the nation, she made speeches on women's rights. This caused more than a little contention, among women as well as men.
Dressed in a long frock coat with her neatly pressed pants and sporting a rose on her lapel, Mary visited the ladies in the powder rooms on our journeys. It was reported that these unexpected visits into the public powder rooms occasionally caused hysteria and screams, even calls for the police.
Mary insisted upon wearing pants to the end of her life. In her late 50s, she fell down the steps of the nations's capitol, but she bounced back. She died in 1919, at the age of 87.