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Liberty's DawnA People's History of the Industrial Revolution$
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Emma Griffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300151800

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300151800.001.0001

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Women, Work and the Cares of Home

Women, Work and the Cares of Home

(p.84) Chapter Four Women, Work and the Cares of Home
Liberty's Dawn

Emma Griffin

Yale University Press

Whatever good things men enjoyed during the industrial revolution in Britain were shared by their wives and sisters. This chapter examines the impact of industrialization on the lives of women—mothers, wives, and sisters—by looking at a dozen autobiographies as well as the testimony of sons and husbands. Because marriage and motherhood involved fairly major upheavals in a woman's relationship to labor and employment, the chapter focuses on the working lives of married women rather than their single counterparts. It looks at five areas in which roughly 80 percent of women's work was concentrated: textiles, agriculture, domestic service, retail, and needlework.

Keywords:   women, industrial revolution, Britain, labor, employment, textiles, agriculture, domestic service, retail, needlework

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