Questions for Consideration and Discussion:

  1. Try to reconstruct what it was like for young women who lived and worked in Lowell. To what degree, and in what ways, might they have deviated from the ideal of the "true" woman? Could they have achieved this ideal?
  2. What happens when the needs of a modernizing economy conflict with social conventions?
  3. How did the Lowell Mills both exploit and liberate women?