Marylouise is the author of three novels: one of them,Making Peace, which describes the turmoil and intrigues of the anti-war movement, was praised in the New York Times for capturing the sprit of those times.

She worked with First Lady Hillary Clinton in the global initiative to empower women, Vital Voices, and created and directed the Friends of the Communities of Northern Ireland, which has raised and allocated more than 5-million pounds to community-building and peace-building projects.

The event allowed our women the opportunity to gain an insight into the highest office of power in the world and together with her son Michael, Marylouise also told us about her own grandmother who hailed from none other than Orchard Street in Derry- Londonderry. We all agreed that meeting Marylouise and hearing her stories of women in power was hugely inspirational – it was a wonderful way to spend a morning.