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Mill girls played a key role in the success of the Industrial Revolution. They came from all over New England during the 1800s and early 1900s to the cities with textile mills. There they were hired and trained to weave the strands that moved a society from farm and home-produced goods, as well as imported goods, to factory goods that were produced in America. Ranging in age from 10 to middle age, but mostly in their early 20, the "girls" ended representing about 75 percent of the textile mill workforce. They lived a harsh and demanding life, but moved out of the shadows of being a possession and stood proud in a new endeavor.