Why Women Were Better Off Than The Male Convicts In The 1800's

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From the year 1804, convict women were transported to Australia to take their punishments for minor crimes. They would work off their sentences in “female factories” for in most cases seven years, undertaking work such as sewing, taking care of children, and making foods (Australian Government, 2007). These factories were a place of cruel punishment and hard work and there were many downfalls, but the outcomes of being stuck in these factories were not all bad. When the women finally worked off their sentences, their lives could get better – they would gain experience in certain jobs, the work they had done could be used as “work experience” in order to get jobs, and the females would most likely be around the ideal age for starting a family. This essay will showcase the reasons why the women were better off than the male convicts when their sentences were finally over.…show more content…
On the bright side of how tough it was, the women performing the tasks would have become experts at the tedious tasks. And because of the traditional role women played back then, having all of these skills would have come in handy for creating a happy life for their family. They spent so much time taking care of children in the factories that they would know just what a child needs to grow up happy and healthy, and having learnt how to sew and knit, they could make their families clothes and could eventually sell them, perhaps earning their future family some income. The women learnt quite a lot about how they should be working in their day-to-day lives through their punishments, and this could potentially help them make a better life for themselves and for their future

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