week she only receives 2. This difference was major and lead to the increase of women workers. At first women workers were frowned upon. “It was… considered a disgrace so to do: the epithet of “factory girl” was the most insulting that could be applied to a young woman…” (Doc.N). Women only started working in the factories when the corrupt
businessmen lowered the wages of working men to near starvation. This was the same in both England and Japan, due to the low wages everyone in the family had to work just to survive. The low pay of the working class was similar in every industrial revolution, so were the working conditions. In the modern working day most people work 8 hours with need breaks in between. The average work day for the women in England and Japan was 14 hours with a break for lunch and breakfast. In England a 9 year old girl worked from 5:30 in the morning till 8 o’clock at night, with a 35 minute break for breakfast and and a 55 minute on for dinner, (Doc.E). In Japan a girl worked 13 to 14 hours a day from 4:30 a.m. till 6 p.m. All together they had 40 minutes of break, 15 minutes for breakfast and lunch and a 10 minute resting break, (Doc.E). Most of the women had limited free time after work, but would go home and sew and the children would play, (Doc.J). Conditions
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