Anyone can see that to write Uncle Tom's Cabin on the knee in the kitchen, with constant calls to cooking and other details of housework to punctuate the paragraphs, was a more difficult achievement than to write it at leisure in a quiet room.
Anna Garlin Spencer (1851–1931), U.S. educator, author, feminist, and Unitarian minister. Woman's Share in Social Culture, ch. 3 (1913).
On the difficulties for women of combining "public" work with their ubiquitous domestic responsibilities, using as an example the important anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), who had a family and very little money.