Then we turn to Aphra Behn, the first woman to make money by writing.
Not that she was wearing furs and sipping Cristal, mind you. Her life was very hard.
So why is it that so many of these works by women were novels? Surely someone would have wanted to write a poem or a play or something.
Here's an idea: women couldn't just run off to their rooms to scribble verses in their locked diaries.
Family duties meant that they had to write in the living room, and a novel is about public relationships between people, like the kind you might see in the living room.
Plus, you can write a novel even if your family is asking you to wipe their noses and cook them dinner every five minutes.
If you like Jane Austen now, imagine how much you would have liked her if she'd had her own space.
Mary gets fancy, linking the literal interruptions that plague women writers to the figurative interruptions she talked about before, where a woman's bitterness and anger might interrupt the flow of her text.
Another reason women have a hard time writing is that they don't have a long tradition, the way that male writers do.
So women have to figure out a way to write that fits their perspectives.
Woolf compares this to finding clothes that fit your body (4.34), the way that you have to try on a bunch of dresses before you find the one that fits just right.
One thing is for sure: whatever kind of writing women do in the future, it's going to have to be able to withstand constant, annoying interruptions.