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If there is no struggle there is no progress This quote byFredrick Douglass directly relates to the life the mill girls lived Everyday they woke up not knowing what the day may bring them a new sicknessan injury or maybe even a pleasant day Some of the greatest workingindustries and systems that are around today may have not been here ifthese girls had not struggled and nothing may have come out of theindustrial revolution These women are part of the reason our country isstill so successful to this day and it was all thanks to them putting upwith the negatives of the mill life By moving to Lowell these girlsacquired more power over their own lives but they also endured beingcontrolled by the mill schedule and having to work and live in some of thevery worst of conditions Although working in Lowell did offer a fewpositive opportunities for the mill girls in general there were many moredisadvantages Moving to Lowell gave women more power and control over their ownlives The jobs in the mills were some of the only reasonable paying jobopportunities offered to women at that time Harriet Robinson a formermill girl wrote about the positives of the mills when she said Thecotton factory was a great opening to these lonely and dependent womenthey could earn money and spend it as they please PSP Source Y 33The jobs offered in the mills gave women a chance to earn money they nevercould have earned on the farm and it allowed them to spend it on what theywanted Susan a former mill girl wrote about the freedom women had bymoving to the city when she said I walked along and saw all thebeautifully dressed ladies they wear velvets and furs and plumes andbugles and allPSP Source M 16 Lastly life in the mills let womenspend their free time as little as they had doing
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