Lowell Mill Girls

Lowell Mill Girls

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  • Mostly women and children worked in the factories.  We could make our own money and have our own right as women to work.
  • We often had to work long, grueling hours.  The working conditions were bad too.  It was dangerous for us to work in the factories.  Some people even saw it as a form of slavery/
  • Because there were so many job opportunities in factories, many women and families moved to the city.  It became too crowded and the living conditions became unhealthy.
  • Many of the Lowell Mill Girls lived in a boardinghouse.  It was 2 ladies a bed most of the time. We bonded a lot and many became friends.  Boardinghouses were where most events were organized at. 
  • Sunday was basically our free day, after church that is.  Church was mandatory for us.  Other than Sunday, we worked 6 days a week. Later on we would petitioned the state legislature for a 10-hour workday.
  • Many women found their independence and role that wanted in this world.  It also led to women standing up for themselves and their rights later in the future.  
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