The Untold Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution


The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries saw a period of technological, historical, and even social advancements. Men like James Hargreaves and Eli Whitney worked to make life easier for the working class, inventing machines like the spinning jenny and the cotton gin. But men weren’t the only luminaries of the Industrial Revolution: women of all ages joined in the revolution to further advance society.

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Margaret Elizabeth Knight brought paper bags to the world, and Elizabeth Magie’s interest in politics and economics gave us the much beloved game of Monopoly. And what would we do without Tabitha Babbitt’s circular saw or Josephine Cochran’s dishwasher? In today’s modern world, we often take important inventions like these for granted, but without their female inventors, we’d be living vastly different lives. A part of the Hidden in History series, “The Untold Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution” shares the stories of women who should be remembered for their remarkable talents, ingenious inventions, and hard work, but have been previously overshadowed and forgotten to history.

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