Gender and Women’s Studies
Women’s Work and Labor Issues
It has been known that throughout many centuries the women’s role was to provide domestic care in the household. During the nineteenth century, modification was in the air and the industrial revolution involved the movement of labor and resources away from agriculture and towards manufacturing industries was in progress. As a result many women were moving from domestic life to the industrial world. The family economy was replaced by a new patriarchy which saw women moving from the small, safe world of family and home-based work to larger factories and sweatshops.
Prior to these changes, career options were limited for women. The wife’s work was often alongside her husband, running a plantation or farm and the household. Cooking for the household took a lot of the time out of the day, after the revolution the women’s work was even more as she had to provide prime care for her children and household as well as work. Labor systems divided immigrant workers by ethnicity so that the experience of European ethnic groups would be different from that of non-European ethnic groups. In the middle of the nineteenth century there was an increase in the migration of women from their homelands; which were Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. They became an essential part of a migrant surge which was responding to the call for cheap and willing labor in numerous parts of the country.
(Glenn, Evelyn) For immigrant women who migrated to North America initially to work, found that they had become settlers and their main priorities became their families and the provision of a comforting environment to their surrounding communities. Male members of families earned very low wages to support their families; which allowed women’s labor to become the main source for the family’s survival. These women manufactured goods that were to be consumed by their families; they were forced to balance out...
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