... up to this date, I have never been shut up in a separate room, or hedged off with any observances. My study, all the study I have attained to, is the little 2nd drawing room where all the (feminine) life of the house goes on; and I don't think I have ever had two hours undisturbed (except at night, when everybody is in bed) during my whole literary life.
Margaret Oliphant (1828–1897), Scottish author. As quoted in Woman in Sexist Society, ch. 20, by Elaine Showalter (1971).
Widowed at thirty-one, she was forced to support not only her own three children but her brother and his family. She took up writing and was extremely prolific, producing biographies, histories, guidebooks, and many popular novels. She wrote this in 1888.