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Industrial Revolution Project

role of women
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Jon Santos

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Industrial Revolution Project

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION by Dr. Jon Santos, PHD
Mr. DeCrans' World History
Period 4 During the Industrial Revolution, women played large roles in both the workplace and the home. Factory and Textile workers Nannies, maids, and cooks some of their roles during this time included: Fighting for better jobs for women Women moving to cities didn't have the resources to make clothes or grow food
Many needed more money to support their families
Got jobs at factories and textile mills The work was often unsanitary and dangerous
The demands of work decreased education of women, shown here by a quote from a woman written in The Parliamentary Papers: "I can read a little; I can't write. I used to go to school before I went to the mill; I have since I am sixteen."
Women received lower wages than men
Families became more dependant on the wages of women


Many woman spoke out for roles outside the home
Some of these women later took jobs in factories instead
Others sought better jobs than factories Not all women chose to work in an industrial setting
Some continued domestic work
Stayed home to cook and take care of children
Others lived in middle and upper class homes as maids, cooks, or nannies
http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/textile.html http://cookit.e2bn.org/library/1245440208/smedley_maid_illustration_1906.original.jpg Some women felt that a job outside of the household represented independence
They worked as secretaries, nurses, and telephone operators
Colleges for women were founded, giving them the opportunity for better jobs
Increased number of public schools brought more teaching jobs to women
by the end of the 1800s most elementary school teachers were women
The industrial revolution brought much social change to the roles of women through jobs in factories as well as higher level jobs like teachers and nurses. Society's view of women today has been greatly influenced by this time period, showing that women are equally as valuable to a working environment as men are. Works Cited:

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, "World History: The Human Journey". Holt Online Learning. 10-25-2010 <http://my.hrw.com/tabnav/controller.jsp?isbn=0030667186>.
"The Plight of Women's Work in the Early Industrial Revolution in England and Wales". Women in World History Curriculum. 10-25-2010 <http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/lesson7.html>.
"Factory Workers in the British Industrial Revolution ". GalbiThink. 10-25-2010 <http://www.galbithink.org/fw.htm>.






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