If people called A Doll House a feminist play, what the heck do they think of Mrs. Warren’s Profession? In A Doll House Nora could barely fend for herself outside of basic day to day activities, in the final scene Torvald protests when she says she’s going to leave saying “but you know nothing of the world” to which she replies simply “I know”. This admission of no knowledge of things other than shopping and housekeeping is certainly something Vivie Warren would never have to say, she studied math at the University. Opposite of this, Frank seems to be the Nora character of this play, with his notions of love and seemingly frivolous actions, a sharp turn from Torvald’s money-mind seen in A Doll House.
Now, I don’t know if this was so much a response to Ibsen as it maybe was a different approach to the issue of feminism (assuming A Doll House to be a feminist play). Ibsen keeps Nora in the typical female role for the majority of the play while Vivie is out of it from the start. I think Shaw just takes a more direct approach to the issue while Ibsen fights it more subtly.