By the end of the eighteenth century many political changes had been made in order to facilitate women in the workplace.
Children were also greatly affected by the inclusion of women into the workplace as proven by the increasing popularity of child labour, which caused the demand for child labour laws and regulations.
This was not the case, however, for the many children who joined the workforce with their mothers.
Although the Victorian Era was characterized by the appreciation of the purity and innocence of children, child labour greatly increased during this time as a direct result of the industrial revolution and its provision of employment to women.
Furthermore, many mothers began to encourage their children to join the workforce with them, thus introducing an epidemic of child labour.
Finally, women who filled predominantly male job positions were seen as masculine and not adept to become wives or future homemakers.Though not all of the movements were successful, they were able to inform their communities and local politicians about the changes needed to be made.Women all over England began to band together in order to ensure the expansion of women’s rights and opportunities, in the home and in the workplace, became part of the political agenda.This paper will argue that although the industrial revolution is recognized as having had a drastic effect on economic and production systems around the world, it had an undeniable impact on the role of women in all aspects.Therefore, the introduction of the female labourer drastically affected many aspects of society and caused permanent economical and societal structural changes.With women leaving their homes to go to work, many children were left to fend for themselves and their siblings.This absence of the mother in the home greatly increased reported cases of neglect and infant death rates, while decreasing fertility rate.Women like Bessie Rayner Parks, one of the first women to initiate a women’s movement in England in 1848, made these dreams possibilities.They began to demand the reform of marriage laws, especially in terms of common law which was always harsh to women regarding property, and more rights for women in the workplace.However, women were not paid nearly as much as men, this only worsening the effects for men.Now that women were performing many roles which were formerly done by males, men began to struggle with keeping their positions from the female labourers.