An early feminist, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is best known as the author of the classic American children's novel, Little Women. The above quote is from her 1870 novel An Old-Fashioned Girl.
"Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling."
Portrait: Louisa May Alcott by George Healy
Photo credit: Courtesy of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House/L. M. A. Memorial Association