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    The role of women and minority races in the labor force. Evaluate the work conditions.

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    QUESTION: Discuss the role of women and minority races in the labor force in the 19th century (1800s). Evaluate the gains and losses in power and prestige of each.


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    In colonial America, women who earned their own living usually became seamstresses or kept boardinghouses. But some women worked in professions and jobs available mostly to men. There were women doctors, lawyers, preachers, teachers, writers, and singers. By the early 19th century, however, acceptable occupations for working women were limited to factory labor or domestic work. Women were excluded from the professions, except for writing and teaching.

    One way in which women participated in the labor force was by working in factories. Manufacturing of cellulose, paper and mechanical pulp was mainly male domain, as were the physically heavy jobs of handling timber, maintenance and transport work and repairing machinery. Women worked mainly in paper processing and post-processing, such as packing. Factory cleaning was also a job for women. Women were also employed for seasonal work on company farms and in forest planting. At the end of the 1800s, the ...

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    This solution examines the role of women and minorities in the labor force in the 19th century. For example, it explores how young women from rural areas were often recruited to work in factories.