Industrial Revolution was a pivotal moment in the history of the planet and it could be argued that all that is bad - and good - has its roots there. At any time of huge change it seems to have the greatest impact on the family and the women who raise them (certainly then, the greater burden was on the wife, I think all would agree!).
Lauren Axelrod takes a look at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the impact it had on the family and women and looks forward to the rise of the unions.
The Impact of The Early Industrial Revolution Upon The Family, Women, and Living and Working Conditions