What was the daily life of a worker in the Lowell factories like?
The daily lives of these women were very much centered around work. They had very little time for anything else.
The women worked very long hours. They started their work day at 7 AM and worked 12 to 14 hour shifts. The workers typically worked about 72 hours in a week.
The women lived in housing provided by the company. They were strictly disciplined because it was felt that their families would never let them come to work there if they were not. That meant that there were curfews and chaperones when any men were around and that they were required to go to church on Sundays.
In their spare time after their long days, the women typically read alone or in groups. They also had some opportunities for education.