Women in the Revolution

Women in the Revolution

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  • Sons, if your father dies we will starve!
  • What?
  • 1600-1700
  • Not because you loved him?
  • Oh, your father and I got married because he was rich. 
  • Now you all have to share your land. Have fun with that.
  • 1750-1880
  • Before the main revolutions of the eighteenth century, the family economy, otherwise known as domestic production, dominated the economic scene. The skilled artisan in the family was normally the father.
  • Mom where are we?
  • The land of tomorrow, boys. 
  • The main duties of women belonged in the house during this time, and their main goal was to accumulate money to marry in the form of a dowry. Taking care of children was difficult during this time, as some families could not support them and gave them up to shelters like The Paris Foundling Hospital. 
  • I don't think mom is going to get the job at the factory. 
  • We're all going to die!
  • During the Agricultural Revolution, single family farms became less popular to the enclosure methods of farming that reached its peak in England in 1700, where about one half of the land was farmed in this method. Some other advancements including rotating crops, and using iron plows were developed by Charles Townsend and Jethro Tull. 
  • Hello class, I am taking over. 
  • Excuse me?
  • Not only the agricultural revolution, but the industrial revolution greatly impacted the lives of the townspeople, with the inventions of the steam engine, new methods of iron production developed by Henry Cort in 1784, and the spinning jenny in 1765. Those inventions replaced the domestic textile production of the family economy.  
  • 1760-1840
  • These two revolutions diminished the importance of women in the workforce. Women had been a traditional part of the family economy, in managing aspects of farming and dairy production, but due to the new inventions of the time period, women were considered inept intellectually for the task. 
  • Women became permanently associated with domestic traditional service, not the machinery of tomorrow. The idea of men being paid more than women for the same jobs in factories also originates during this time period, and still has not fully been addressed today. 
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