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The Working Girls of Lowell.

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The Working Girls of Lowell In the late half of the 18th century, the United States started seeing some changes, especially in the North. The New England states slowly started industrializing and agriculture slowly started disappearing. Large industries were being built, especially textile ones. The most famous factory system at that time was the Lowell system. This system was a very real attempt to prevent the spread of the evils associated with the factory system. As magnificent as this change was, there was another startling change that was taking place, women going to work in those factories. As the Lowell system was expanding in New England, new job opportunities were being created for women in the US, especially the young women of New England. ...read more.


The Lowell system, according to many people at that time, robbed every "true" woman from her four virtues: piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity. A true woman, commented author Grace Greenwood, should be like a "perpetual child" who is always "timid, doubtful, and clingingly dependent". During my visit to the Lowell factories I discovered quite the opposite of all those claims. Reverend Henry A. Mills, author of the book Lowell, As It Was, and As It Is, described the boardinghouse to me during my interview with him. from his description I came to the conclusion that the mills and the working conditions weren't as bad as people thought. In fact, some women lived a better life in the boarding houses of the mills that at their homes. The boarding houses were well kept, clean and under strict rules. ...read more.


Though I noticed some flaws in the Lowell system, which the girls didn't really like. The major one of those was the working hours. The girls wanted to cut back the 11 hour work day to 10. Danger was present in the mills, though most of the girls didn't mind, as seen in Mary Paul's letter to her father. In Conclusion, though a lot of people might disagree with my opinion, the Lowell system was a good contribution the American industry. It gave the opportunity to women to be equal to men and work in fields they never before worked in due to the ideological factors. Though the opposition to the system was stiff, the working girls of Lowell overcame those barriers and excelled in that field. Women have now started to rely on themselves. ...read more.

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