Monday, November 18, 2013

Antebellum Period: Sarah Bagley

Sarah Bagley

Sarah George Bagley was born on April 19, 18025 and till this day her death is unknown. She was born in New Hampshire to a farm family who sold land and owned a mill at one point of their lives. She became an important figure in the women's right movement and labor rights; while later on being involved in abolitionism, peace, health reforms, and prison reforms. At the age of twenty-eight in 1835 she began working as a textile worker. During this time she also was involved in the Lowell Offering. The Lowell offering was a magazine published by working women demonstrating to the public, women who work can also write and be passionate about writing. 

As a Labor Activist, in 1844 she formed the Lowell Reform Association, which advocates to improve health conditions and lobby for the Ten-Hour Day. In the company she was working in women worked 13.5 hours a day. She, passionate about the cause published her own labor newspaper, The Voice of Industry. In 1845, she  gathered a group of signatures to petitions to the Masachussetts Legislature. The after petitioning several times little by little the company cut bach untill 1853, 11 hours of work.

The author of The Ten Hour System and Its Advocates is Sarah Bagley. The paper was published in Lowell Massachusetts in January 16,1846. Bagley is a fierce advocate for women rights especially women labor rights. The audience of the paper re the readers of the Voice of Industry and is a messahe to textile companies. The reason this document is to make textile companies aware women are not content in working for long hours. Bagley makes a valid point when addressing the hypocrisy of being only valued in words of image while being deprived of perks.

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