Eventually the Lowell girls were working long hours, the volume of the factory machinery was ear-splitting, the work was monotonous and required little skill, stuffy working rooms, low wages, and bad health conditions.
Sarah G. Bagley was a weaver who founded the Lowell female reform organization. The Lowell female reform organization petitioned for a 10-hour work day in 1845.
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Lowell Facts:The factory owners relied on Lowell girls to work for them (the Lowell girls were nearby farm girls)The Lowell girls relied on factory owners to give them jobsthey lived in town near their job with "___mothers"(i cant think of the ___ name -sorry)they sent the money home to their familythe conditions weren't so bad
The Lowell girls endured long working hours, the volume of the factory machinery was earsplitting, the work was monotonous and required little skill, stuffy working rooms, low wages, and bad health conditions.
Francis Cabot Lowell had a textile mill he founded after him known as a Lowell Mill in 1826. Recruiters, mostly men, encouraged young girls, mostly between sixteen to thirty six, to work in the mills.
In the beginning Lowell Girls entered the work force of their own volition. They used the income to pay for their brothers to go to college, to support themselves while getting an education, or just to earn extra money for themselves. As the Industrial Revolution progressed, this became the only choice for women to make any money. They were suppressed under harsh working conditions with no options for bettering their lives.
"Another of Lowell's innovations was in hiring young farm girls to work in the mill. He paid them lower wages than men, but offered benefits that many girls, some as young as 15, were eager to earn. Mill girls lived in clean company boardinghouses with chaperones, were paid cash, and benefitted from religious and educational activities. Waltham boomed as workers flocked to Lowell's novel enterprise."
Francis Cabot Lowell established several mills at Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1813, and founded the town of Lowell in 1826. Lowell needed workers for his expanding mills so he sent out agents to scour the country side of rural New England for "farmer's daughters." The girls were boarded in secure, company supervised lodging houses in Lowell and received $3 for 70 hours of work in the mills per week. It may seem like low wages and long hours, but at the time it was a reasonable wage for women and the girls from the rural areas were used to hard, physical labor on the family farms. The girls were also schooled, attended church, and given a variety of educational and cultural programs. They usually started as "Lowell's girls" at 16 or 17 years old and soon would have a dowry large enough to attract a suitable husband.
Because the Lowell girls made up almost 75% of the workers in textile mills, many of the women joined the American labor movement in protest of the conditions of the factories they were working in. The Lowell Female Labor Reform Association was formed as the first female union for workers during the industrial revolution. These women were crucial in forming strikes to get rights for women working in mills and factories at this time.
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Thomas Dublin has written: 'Immigrant Voices' 'Transforming Women's Work' -- subject(s): History, Women, Economic conditions, Wages, Industrial revolution, Employment 'Lowell' -- subject(s): Economic conditions, Guidebooks, History, Social conditions, Textile industry, Textile workers
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In 1821, the Boston Associates purchased land and rights to the Pawtucket Canal located north of the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The Associates built several textile mills and enlarged the Canal for water power. The first mills opened in 1823, and for the next 25 years more mills and a network of power canals were built. By 1848, Lowell was the largest industrial center in America! The mills produced 50,000 miles of cotton cloth each year. The Associates needed a large work force for the busy mills. They decided to run their mills using a work force of young women recruited from New England farms. Lowell was known around the world for this innovative solution. Lowell "Mill Girls" were asked to work in the factories for a few years, then return to the farms or marry. Mill girls filled the city of Lowell, living in boardinghouses managed by the corporations. Mill life meant a hard day's work in which girls followed a strict schedule marked by the ringing of bells. Mill girls were expected to follow the company rules for curfew, church attendance and proper behavior. View the Timetable of the Lowell Mills from 1853 and the Factory Rules of 1848 to see if you could keep up with the mill girls! (click your BACK button to return here)