Read “Women, Work and the Family: Female Operatives in the Lowell Mills, 1830-18

Read “Women, Work and the Family: Female Operatives in the Lowell Mills, 1830-1860” by Thomas Dublin. Also read through the online essay: U.S. National Park Service website, “The Mill Girls of Lowell.”
In your first post of at least 300 words, discuss some of the reasons why young, single women went to work in the Lowell textile factories. What motivated them to take these jobs, and to stay in them? Wages alone, or something else?