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In the years between 1815 and 1860, women’s role in society and in the workplace changed solely due to the market revolution and the second great awakening. The second great awakening was a protestant religious revival movement. Before the SGA, religions typically stated that all of mankind was dark and evil and could only be saved by god. After the SGA, it was believed that a person could change their circumstances through their use of free will. This persuaded many women that they could now have a different state in society and enlightened them to fight for their own rights, as seen in documents A and C. When the market revolution took place, an increased workforce was required, so people began hiring women. This allowed women new economic opportunities, but came at a cost. The “factory girls” had to take on twelve to thirteen hour shifts, six days a week, in physically exhausting conditions. These conditions caused exhaustion and led to a more dangerous work environment as seen in document B. During this time period in the antebellum era South, men had control over the lives of the women. This can be seen in document D. Dorothea Dix wrote to the Massachusetts legislature about this fact. After the SG, and as women began to fight for their rights, people began to realize the importance of women, which caused women to rely less on men and increased the social status of women. In the spring of 1851, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Amelia Jenks Bloomer, three leading women’s rights advocates, began to wear similar outfits on the streets of Seneca falls. The outfits consisted of a knee-length dress over full trousers, an act that caused a public sensation. In nineteenth century America, t

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