DBQ Women's Rights, The Market Revolution, and The Great Awakening

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Between 1815 and 1860, mass revolutions in industry and religion spread throughout America, changing it politically, economically, and socially. These revolutions affected all of the country in various aspects, especially in opening new opportunities for women at this time. The Market Revolution and Second Great Awakening affected the evolution of women's role in the family, workplace, and society by expanding their roles and introducing them to reform and the strength of womanhood. During this time of the Market Revolution and the Second Great Awakening, women began appearing as an important m­­ember of family life. Women became the leading family member because of her significance in keeping the family together and raising …show more content…
Politically, women fought for reform, like Dorothea Dix who protested the cruel treatment of the insane and prisoners (Doc F.) Women also protested for reform through their clothing, as these brave women wore bloomers instead of traditional garb, despite harassment and pestering from the people (Doc H.) Economically, women also changed in society, as a petition to the Massachusetts legislature stated, women wanted to be treated as equal as men, even when it came to taxation, representation, and labor, as well as having a voice in the latter (Doc I.) In summary, the role of women in society changed as they became more zealous in religion, more outspoken in politics and reform, and demanded equality politically and economically.
Throughout the market revolution and Second Great Awakening period, women started to become more involved in the workforce. Women became more well-known in the Northern textile factories. These women, often called factory girls, worked to collect as much money as they could. These factory girls earned higher wages than the women engaged in other occupations (Doc. D). Even with women earning wages,

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