Gender and the Industrial Age Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Gender and the Industrial Age
An exploration of how gender roles were impacted by the Industrial Age in Europe.
# 37827 | 2,150 words | 3 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2003 in History (British) , Literature (English) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper compares the novel "North and South" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell to the books "Industry and Empire" by Eric J. Hobsbawm and "Cities, Change, and Conflict" by Nancy Kleniewski in terms of how the role of both men and women were affected through the changing social environment. The paper addresses the inclusion of women as laborers and how that acted as the first stage in gender acceptance. The paper also explains how the issue of women's rights as laborers served to increase the concept of women's rights in other forums.

The Role of Labor and Gender in "North and South"
Gender Roles and the Family

From the Paper:

"The Industrial Revolution was a period of extreme progress, both technologically and socially, in Europe. In the period between 1786 and 1800, the speed of society as a whole significantly increased in terms of work, leisure, and in the overall exchange of information. The changes that swept England were immediate, and soon reached the rest of the world. Transportation was impacted, where the implementation of the steam engine in the iron-works enabled the production of steel necessary for the railroads. Once the railroads were established, trade, communications, and society were set to move at a much more rapid pace. Steam-driven boats were also developed, which allowed trans-Atlantic travel to occur more quickly, and reduced the transportation time between Europe and the rest of the world. The speed of transportation also enabled an ease of trade and commerce, where perishable goods and imported items were shipped with reduced cost and in less time. Communications likewise increased, with less time between news shipment and delivery. The militaries of Europe and the United States also benefited, as the production of heavier steam-driven artilleries became possible."

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