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Workshop 3: Lectures & Activities

Reflection One:
The Lowell Experiment


image of a group of teachers

Watch the onscreen activity following Lecture One.


Look at the evidence the teachers use to build their cases as to whether Lowell was an exploitative or liberating experience for women. What other evidence might be cited for each position?

Here is a summary of the teachers' arguments to get you started:

Pro

Con

Lowell led to women's economic gain, intellectual improvement, community building, and independence.

Women earned money to help their families.

It gave women choices.

Women became active members of society.

 

Lowell's paternalistic system exploited women economically.

Women's health suffered under poor working conditions.

Working in factories ruined women's reputations.

Women's choices were limited, from use of time to choice of husband.

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