Factory Work

Rose Gollup Cohen

Rose Cohen, factory worker

Rose Cohen brought the life of the factory worker into the homes of Americans through her writings. Others also wrote about the plight of working women. The Long Day: the Story of a New York Working Girl as Told by Herself (1905) by Dorothy Richardson explored the long hours and inferior pay that women experienced. Many women lived day-to-day—never knowing if they were going to be hungry or if they would have a safe roof over their head. For an interesting look into the lives of women workers, you can read The Long Day and a government report on the condition of women in the workforce (1910) below.

The Long Day

Report on Condition of Woman and Child Wage-Earners

Also see, "Women Working, 1800-1930" on the Harvard University Library Open Collections Program for further resources