Essay3 - Essay#3 If anything by the end of the eighteenth...

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Essay #3 If anything, by the end of the eighteenth century, the working girls of Lowell did not  comply or conform to any the standards set by the “cult of domesticity.”  According to the “cult  of domesticity,” to be a lady, a woman had to possess four cardinal virtues: piety, purity,  submissiveness, and domesticity; in fact, they challenged these four virtues strictly due to the  lives they were forced to live at the factories and the boardinghouses.  Piety was an issue due to  the fact that there were fees associated with attending services provided by the church and bibles  were prohibited in the factories.  Purity became an issue for some girls such as Delia Page who  was engaged in an adulteress affair with a mill worker.  Girls working in the factories could not  remain submissive to their male “superiors” because they grew restless and asked for shorter  work days and healthier living environments.  Domesticity was out of the question simply  because girls were forced to live in boardinghouses away from their families.  Although some  girls denied that they were deviating from the “cult of domesticity,” the fault was not their’s, but  actually that of the factories’ due to their strict regulations and exploitation of female labor.  Optional for Intro (if you feel like you need background info or don’t like my intro): Men were moving westward and New England was becoming quickly  modernized.   “Surplus” of women and this modernization caused the demise of the “putting-out  system” resulting in the underemployment and unemployment of single female  workers.   Thus women were needed in the textile mills as a labor force Both men and women looked down upon these women  o “‘She has worked in a factory’ is almost enough to damn to infamy the  most worth and virtuous girl.” (Source 1, DAP Chapter 7) Girls were being exploited o Wagons called “slavers” cruised around various cities searching for 
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