Taking place in the 1840s, “Factory Girls” tells the story of Yankee farm girls who come to Lowell, Massachusetts, “the City of Spindles,” in order make a better life for themselves.
After laboring for up to 14 hours a day, the girls write and publish their own company-sponsored publication, “The Lowell Offering,” which becomes a worldwide literary phenomenon. When working conditions deteriorate due to competitor and economic hardship, the women speak out against the corporation. Through their hardship, the course of both workers and women is forever altered: both have found a voice in America.
At the dawn of the American Industrial Revolution, girls working in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, become America’s first independent working women.
Inspired by the revolutionary spirit of her forefathers, a weaver secretly rallies her co-workers to speak up against the frightful working conditions, fight for labor reform and petition for a 10-hour workday.
The new musical Factory Girls will be presented as a part of Pace University’s New Musicals Program beginning January 26th through the 30th.