The Golden Hinde Interactive Powerpoint - Early Years Resource Image

David Livingstone Birthplace’s Women in the Mill Resource

Download this free teaching resource from David Livingstone Birthplace's to learn more about women in the cotton mills.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Citizenship, History, PSHE


Life in a cotton mill.

Working-class women often worked in factories, textiles or domestic services. However, women were often excluded from census records because their wages were thought of as secondary earnings to men’s wages. Wages were often low, conditions were bad and working days were extremely long for both men and women working in the mills. Some women worked on the machines alongside men but did not tend to do tasks that involved heavy lifting.

As a result of these inequalities, women in the UK organised together and began to campaign for better working conditions and rights. Women all around the world are still campaigning for equality with men.


Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Citizenship, History, PSHE

Topics: Georgians, Victorians, Industrial Revolution, Gender Inequality

This resource was created by David Livingstone Birthplace. Images, text and content may be subject to copyright.

View this resource for free!

Want more FREE resources & ideas?

We’re here every step of the way to help you find the best teaching resources, activities, virtual school trip ideas & more.

About David Livingstone Birthplace.

The David Livingstone Trust (DLT) includes the Listed Building of his birth, surrounding parkland, and the 2,000 piece David Livingstone collection.

David Livingstone’s Birthplace is a dynamic visitor experience where people can learn about and be inspired by Livingstone’s story, his childhood home and their collection.

Today they continue Livingstone’s mission by enabling people from Scotland, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to engage in intercultural dialogue and participate in the world as active global citizens.