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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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