Most industrial countries face problems of air, land, and water pollution.
Women and children worked as unskilled laborers and made only a small fraction of men's low wages.
Both workers and employers had to adjust to a new cold and impersonal relationship. In addition, most workers lived and worked under harsh conditions in the expanding industrial cities.
Some were deformed by their work or crippled by unsafe machines.
Factory wages were low. Some employers kept them low deliberately. Many people agreed with the English writer Arthur Young, who wrote: "Everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious."
Women’s increased demand for suffrage in the Industrial Revolution was a negative effect during the late 1700's and early 1800’s.