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During the Industrial Revolution women soon began working in factories and were given an extremely low salary for tedious work. Even though it was a small amount, having the ability to earn salary gave women more independence. Women were delighted to fulfill these positions for the reason of getting the opportunity to escape the house. Having money gave women more of an opportunity to have an influence and make something out of themselves more than just a housewife. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, prior to the Industrial Revolution, women were restrained and could not speak out for themselves.
Servants in Victorian England Servants were imperative to the functioning of middle and upper class homes in Victorian England. Without the veritable army of servants for the upper and upper-middle classes, women would not be able to live the leisured lives they had grown accustomed, and would certainly not have the time to flaunt their status with neighbor-calling and the numerous balls and social activities. Even most lower-middle and middle-middle classes employed at least one servant, as assistance was almost a necessity in maintaining the home (Roberts 205). For the most part, these servants had an appreciation for their work, with the opportunity to live in an upper class home and have job security, as the alternative was industrial work with unexplained lay-offs and less than desirable, and often unsanitary, living conditions (Margetson 155). The highest classes of families would employ this “army” of servants, each servant having a specific duty, and providing them all with matching uniforms.
Many workplaces hired women and children, because they did not have to pay them much and they had good work ethic. Goods that were in high demand at the time were found in factories and sweatshops, which often categorized them as more feminine. Textiles, pottery, clothing, and victualing were all on the verge of emerging. It was a great time for female work to emerge, because women wanted work and would be happy to work for any sort of wage- big or small. As women became more prevalent in the workforce, they were given more opportunities in making the decisions in the family and the community (Hudson, 2011, Para 13).