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Iris Midlam Erins Daughters in America The migration of women to America was a difficult move on any level whether it be following a man coming with a family or migrating alone The economic opportunities for women in America were limited In the nineteenth century America witnessed the largest independent female migration to the United States in American history Irish women migrated by the thousands seeking economic opportunity and stability They found that stability in domestic services a line of work that was not attractive to most other female immigrant groups The fact that Irish women migrated independently and had little attachments holding them from entering the work force enabled them to take jobs that other women with families could not Irish women served as a model for the feminist movement in the years after their migration Their self-sufficient nature inspired other strong women to take the next step in female independence Ironically Irish women had no intentions of challenging their gender role in society Their independent migration was strictly economic A womans migration to America was courageous on any level whether it be following a man coming with a family or migrating alone America before the female liberation acts was not a fair playing field for women in the workforce Women worked terribly long hard hours in horrible conditions to receive half the pay of men Working women were harassed for working outside the home in order to support their families They were not acknowledged as a respectable social class In the family these women were expected to take on two jobs one of raising the children and the other working to help support their family These women were never given credit for their strife in American society However Irish migration turned the tables for gender opportunities The structure of the American job market as it translated into opportunities for the unskilled and uneducated tended
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