Many people know Beatrix Potter was a children's author and conservationist, but did you know she was also a rebel at heart? Born in 1866, Beatrix lived in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, commonly known as the Victorian Era. Don't let the fact that there was a woman on the throne fool you into thinking women had equal rights. The Victorian Era was an extremely anti-feminist time, and even the Queen did not think women should leave their traditional place in the home. To achieve personal success, Beatrix was constantly going against the grain of society. Against the constraints of her time and the desires of her parents, Beatrix Potter managed to carve out a lasting place in English literature. A member of the upper-middle class, Beatrix did not want to be merely a wife and mother. Instead, she sought out a way to take her favorite hobby, art, and earn enough to live independently. The road was not easy, but by the time she found a publisher when she was 35 years old, she had honed her artistic and literary skills. Her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was an instant success.