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Without the industrial revolution, would the feminist movement be at the point it is today?

  • No, because the industrial revolution has affected feminism by changing the way women work and consequently bringing attention to harsh working conditions.

    It's long been thought that the industrial revolution has only benefited feminism, however this is not precisely true. The industrial revolution created jobs which were sexually segregated and gave employers opportunities to pay women less money. The unions which were developed due to exploitation have benefited feminism (female equality). The reaction to companies' treatment of women in the 19th century spurred further rights development. If the revolution had occurred later or not at all, women might have even less power in the workplace.

    Posted by: R4yCher
  • Yes I agree because the Industrial Revolution brought about increasing employment of women.

    The Industrial Revolution was, in part, fueled by the economic necessity of many women, single and married, to find waged work outside their home.

    Posted by: Pyr0Dwig
  • The industrial revolution was the beginning of women working outside the home, facing dire conditions and eventually fighting for better working condition.

    Although over 100 years passed between the industrial revolution and the beginnings of feminism, there is a correlation between the two. The industrial revolution saw women working outside the home for the first time leading to the fight for equal working rights and pay. So there is a connection between the industrial revolution and the emergence of the feminist movement, but a very long time passed between the two.

    Posted by: 54IInferno
  • While the Industrial Revolution contributed to the women's rights movement, it was not the only driving force behind why women are where they are today.

    While the industrial revolution contributed to the women's rights movement, it was not the only driving force behind why women are where they are today. When women got the right to vote in the 19th Amendment, it was a right that was long overdue. Women in the West had long had the right to vote in states like California, independent of their contributions to the industrial revolution as factory workers in Eastern cities, thus I believe that women's rights and the feminist movement would be just as far, if not farther along were it not for the industrial revolution.

    Posted by: NatBIab
  • Industrial revolution and the feminist movement are not related in their progress.

    While the industrial revolution did provide a forward movement for the working masses, it really didn't have anything to do with feminism. The industrial revolution simply changed the way that work was being accomplished, which can't be connected to feminism in any way that I can imagine.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • YES! Of course!

    How exactly were these women treated before? Not so good, eh? Yeah think about it. They had basically no rights before. Yeah, they had ONE right. The right to live, barely. They were treated in a way that no one would like to be treated. Yeah, sexism is still a problem but wasn't it a way bigger problem before industrialization?

  • YES! Of course!

    How exactly were these women treated before? Not so good, eh? Yeah think about it. They had basically no rights before. Yeah, they had ONE right. The right to live, barely. They were treated in a way that no one would like to be treated. Yeah, sexism is still a problem but wasn't it a way bigger problem before industrialization?

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    It would not be at the same point because a different historical timeline would have unfolded. The question never defines if the movement would be further ahead or behind the present day, only if it would be different. So yes, it would be different because different events would have determined a different outcome in the present day.

  • Financial independence helps develop other kinds of independence.

    With industrialization, it was possible for people to enter the workforce with much less hassle. The industrial revolution created jobs for people whose education and skills, or lack thereof, made them unemployable. Among these people were women, who were usually not able to work as they faced more difficulties getting apprenticeships, which were necessary for any job. With increased financial independence, women weren't as dependent on their husbands and families as they used to be, and were in a position in which they could make their own decisions.

  • No it would not.

    Without the industrial revolution, the feminist movement would NOT be at the point it is today. The reason for this is because women started to realize the poor conditions and pay for women and they started to ask for equal rights between the men and women. It started back then, and it is still continuing now.

  • The feminist movement would not have been so developed without the industrial revolution, because it allowed them to be a necessity in the workforce.

    Due to the industrial revolution, women became a necessity in the workforce. Starting with textile factories and the like, women began to have a place working, and began earning their own wages. Soon after, workers began to unionize, creating a feeling of unity amongst them. Women became to realize that they were indeed needed and necessary, and deserved to be treated equally.

    Posted by: 5hinyIsto
  • The feminist movement would not be where it is today without the industrial revolution, due to the jobs it provided females.

    The industrial revolution was extremely important in getting the feminist movement to the point it is at today. The industrial revolution provided factory jobs for women in an era in which they may not otherwise have been able to find work outside of the home. This gave women financial freedom from their husbands.

    Posted by: MannP4rk
  • No, without better jobs that required few skills to perform being available to the masses, women would have never been able to work their way up the job ladder.

    A class struggling for equality can never start out at the top. And without the industrial revolution, that is what women would have had to do. Instead of being able to find work in factories, especially the sewing field, women would of never been able to earn their equal rights. There is no way that the first women to look for work would have been accepted as a high-end cooperate executive. Women had to work their way up, and that meant the low-end jobs that the industrial revolution made available.

    Posted by: H_Baird
  • The feminist movement would not be at the point it is today without the industrial revolution, because it equaled the playing field.

    The industrial revolution created jobs that anyone could do, whether they were a man or a woman. If it had never occurred, women would have kept doing "women's work", and men would be doing the jobs that required harder labor. Jobs that didn't require a certain gender definitely leveled the playing field for women in society.

    Posted by: M0r3Fire
  • Yes, because the industrial revolution freed a huge segment of mankind from being tied to subsistence farming just to eek out a life.

    I believe the industrial revolution at least gave a chance for women to take on much more challenging roles than their traditional ones of home and hearth. A pre-industrial woman normally was pushing out babies in good part to have extra hands on a farm. There were far fewer opportunities to get out of the dwelling. Clearly, a greatly expanded workforce and burgeoning capitalism created opportunities for all, and showed that women can be a vital part of the revolution. Women playing their just role is the essence of feminism.

    Posted by: tabundes
  • I don't think without the industrial revolution the feminist movement would be at the point it is today

    Without the industrial revolution, the need for woman workers would not have happened. Meaning, woman would not be in the work place. I am not against this, by any means. I am just saying, they would have continued on doing what they were doing.

    Posted by: LorenaH
  • Women were only deemed equal when their labor was worth that of a man - and that's when machines did the hardest work.

    No society has ever valued women equal to men (or greater) than when their work was equal to that of a man. In the few matriarchal societies, women did all of the agricultural work while men did limited hunting or travelled away to work. In those cases, women produced most of the food and thus were more valuable than men. In the rest of the world, women only had value when their work earned as much as men, at the mechanical loom or assembly floor. Only when their economic value was equal did they come to be valued in other areas.

    Posted by: Pir4And
  • The feminist movement would be at a different point entirely if there had been no industrial revolution.

    If you look at rural, agrarian societies, you will find a traditional society. Within a traditional society, men's and women's roles are highly defined. A man is supposed to carry out specific tasks, and women are supposed to carry out other, specific types of tasks. In many parts of the world, women take care of interior or domestic concerns, and men take care of exterior concerns, or those outside of the house. There is often overlap in gardens and small-scale farm work. After the industrial revolution, women's and men's tasks could often be interchangeable, except for the heaviest factory work, and women had separate income that allowed them to live independently and begin to be in charge of their own lives -- hence the feminist movement was needed to help change systems that would not let them make decision over their lives or hold jobs that they could physically carry out.

    Posted by: SayNic3
  • Most likely it would not, since industrial advancements freed up women to leave the home and pursue careers.

    I think the causative link would be that industrial advancements took a lot of the time and drudgery out of housework, thus freeing women to enter the workforce. Also, the industrial revolution opened up job opportunities away from farms as had been the rule during the agricultural era, and created a need for more employees - including women.

    Posted by: Th4Fire
  • The industrial revolution resulted in the need for more workers, male and female, and women needed to be taken more seriously.

    With the industrial revolution came the big increase in jobs in factories. As more women joined the workforce, their needs had to be taken into consideration to give them more equality in the workplace. There came a need for women to speak out about their own rights, and this led to the feminist movement, I think. Strong women were needed to represent other females and to voice the needs they had which were different than those of men in the workplace.

    Posted by: PinkMych

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