Saturday, May 25, 2019
Women and the Effect of Industrial Revolution
The industrial revolution was a great time of change for men, the economy, domestic life, and brought the change in the utilisation of women in society to the forefront. As time evolves, so must the lifestyles we as a society lead. This was no different during the industrial revolution in Britain and France. Throughout this paper I will begin to discuss how the impact of industrialization effected the switch in wear down from domestic to factory, the new role of the mother in an industrialized family and the issue of education in the lives of ordinary people, as discussed in the memoirs we have read in class.One of the main make of industrialization was the switch in labor from the women working at home in a domestic milieu to that where her labor brought in wages to the family. Suzanne Voilquin speaks of this in her memoirs A Daughter of the People, And so, at the end of the first week, we were very proud to to deposit on our fathers mantle piece the eighteen francs we earned as wages.(Voilquin, 112). Throughout her story, she tells of how done the ability of her and her sister being able to work, they were able to support the family while her father was infirm. Without this opportunity, the family may have been put out onto the streets. It is through these two womens effort that the family survived.With the women now being able to earn wages out of the home, the role of the mother greatly changed within the home of the industrialized family. in the lead the revolution, children were raised on the plantation with the mother, father, and siblings as discussed in Agricols, Memoirs of a Compagnon. In regards to his fathers plantation moreover he made good use of his childrens labor. He wanted to make us hard workers rather than gentlemen and ladies, and in this he did right.(117). We have also learned form this era that when women moved to factories, newborn children no longer had the opportunity to pillow with the mother. Infants were sent off to a wet nu rse, so that the women could return to work as soon as possible after the birth. This provided a new environment in which children were raised however the pros and cons of this new lifestyle varied.This brings me to my final point of the issue of education in the industrial revolution. It seems that throughout the memoirs the common theme is that labor was valued over education. Most children had no education at all and went to the factory as soon as they were able, while children who had a little training rarely went beyond the third grade. Jeanne Bouvier speaks of this in My Memoirs, after her first communion Its a shame you can non leave her longer. Shes very gifted. She even works hard when it comes to manual tasks.(34).It is shown here that girls were not inferior to boys and were just as capable in school. This did nothing for the stigma that was already set on women. Many times the father was not spontaneous to pay for his daughters to go to school just the sons were worthy of the cost of education. My motherpaid the fees for her daughters with the money she earnedmy father paid only for his sons.(Perdiguier 119). Obviously, the emphasis was set(p) on manual labor during this revolution, for it brought in money that the family may so desperately need.The industrial revolution placed the ordinary worker into a mirade of new, enterprising, and but sometimes compromising situations. Workers were faced with new problems, but also with opportunities that had never been available before. It is through their struggle that we are the society we know today. It is through the historical that we can mold our future.